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Top Prospects Speak

After long and numerous bumpy flights here we are in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the birthplace of Heinz Tomato Ketchup. That’s right, Ketchup, the staple food of toddlers and teenagers everywhere! The limelight has been cast off of the popular condiment for just a few days as the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and I make Pittsburgh home. Thursday afternoon, I was on a boat. Not just any boat, but one filled with the members of the media who didn’t miss the boat and the most popular teenage boys in all of Pittsburgh, the NHL top prospects.

But the heat was stifling and the hot metal surface on which we stood seemed to adhere itself to the bottom of your shoes at the molecular level. Looking around at the players, it was easy to see that they were just as uncomfortable because of the weather, especially the Alberta boys who are so used to the dry air in the raised elevation. Although the weather played a part in the look of discomfort, it was clear that the questions are taking their toll as well. For players like Nail Yakupov, you can tell that he looks forward to quieter days, but you know that he will always be the centre of attention for anyone with a microphone; your popularity doesn’t go away as soon as you’re drafted and may only intensify.


Forced to remove their sunglasses for the photos, the looks on their faces tells the story of the day

I wasn’t able to get to all of the players today, but I bring you the raw audio I was able to acquire.

Nail Yakupov


Ryan Murray


Matt Dumba



Griffin Reinhart



Paul Reinhart - Griffin’s dad



Malcolm Subban



Filip Forsberg

Now the hardest part of the process begins for these players, sitting in the Consol Energy Center awaiting their name. But the look on their face once they are drafted makes it all worth while.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Entry Draft, | KK Hockey | Permalink


Paul's avatar

Great job Lisa with your first post from the draft.

Now you have to break some trades!!!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/21/12 at 05:27 PM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

Haha! That is the goal!

Posted by Lisa Brown on 06/21/12 at 05:41 PM ET

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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