Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/27/09 at 11:21 AM ET
Both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK today. Their observations will be posted below as the day progresses and SENShobo is at the draft too, using Cover It Live.
added 1:54pm, from Erin,
A lot of speculation, but not many surprises were the order of the day for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Whether we’ll experience a true first-round bust or sixth-round gem remains to be seen. Obviously we all put an enormous amount of research and stock into the picks and where they fall, but at the end of the day, it’s still very much a crapshoot.
We’ve had a lot of fun here—much thanks to Kukla’s Korner and to all of the readers. Hope to see you next year!
added 1:48pm, from Patrick,
Fittingly, Montreal picked up the 211th and final pick of the Draft from Pittsburgh. With the pick, the Canadiens took Finnish junior goalie Petteri Simila.
added 1:07pm, from Patrick,
The Bourque family had an extended photo session after the selection of Ryan Bourque by the New York Rangers. Father Ray and brother Chris joined the new draftee for the photo session.
added 1:03pm, from Erin,
Depending on your point of view, the non-movement of disgruntled Ottawa forward Dany Heatley could be seen as a surprise, or par for the course.
It would stand to reason that action for Heatley—if any—would be hottest during the draft days. However, Bryan Murray has been spotted multiple times with such a sour look on his face, you’d think he had been sucking on a lemon.
One can only hypothesize as to the reason why. Heatley’s name has barely been mentioned among media, who given the choice, prefer to trade the rumours thick and fast. The information on No. 15 has been slim to none on the risers, and any suggestions of future destinations have all turned up to be wild goose chases.
added 11:47am, from Erin,
Marcus Foligno—son of Mike and brother of Nick—has been drafted in the fourth round by the Buffalo Sabres (104th overall). The Ottawa-Buffalo rivalry has been lacking some juice as of late—having the brothers in the same division may eventually bring some spark back to those battles.
added 11:41am, from Patrick,
Another prospect with an NHL pedigree is off the draft board. Buffalo chose Sudbury left wing Marcus Foligno with the 104th-overall pick. Foligno is the son of long-time NHLer Mike Foligno and the younger brother of Ottawa’s Nick Foligno.
added 11:12am, from Patrick,
Another Bourque family member now walks in NHL circles.
The New York Rangers selected center Ryan Bourque, son to Ray Bourque, in the third round with the 80th pick overall. The 18-year-old spent this past season with the US Developmental Program and is bypassing a scholarship offer from the University of New Hampshire to skate in the QMJHL next season with the Quebec Remparts. Ryan’s brother, Chris, won a Calder Cup with the Hershey Beras two weeks ago as a Washington prospect.
added 10:52am, from Erin,
The crowds are definitely sparse during Day 2, and it adds a humourous element to the proceedings. Edmonton was just announced as having the 71st pick, and one person booed.
Colorado had hauled in a nice trio of young talent by the time the Draft’s 49th pick was completed. Matt Duchene, of course, went third overall to the Avalanche. But using the 33rd slot Erie center Ryan O’Reilly, whose brother, Cal, is in the Nashville organization, impressed one Canadian Hockey League observer.
Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott also fell to the Avalanche at 49. The Avalanche desperately need to restock an organization once rich in young talent.
added 10:38am, from Erin,
One can only imagine the pressure Louis Leblanc must be under. Leblanc appeared dazed when the local boy was drafted 18th overall by the Canadiens last night.
Some media expressed concern behind the scenes regarding his decision to spend ‘a few years” at Harvard. Naturally the trip to the Ivy League school will benefit the young forward’s brain, but a trip to the major juniors would definitely put his hockey career on the fast track.
The heat is on for Leblanc to be the next great French-Canadian hope, and Habs fans have never been known for their patience.
Big cheers for Alex Chiasson, after being drafted 38th overall by the Dallas Stars. He had a sizable group with him, many of whom were waving Acadian flags.
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