Notes on a Draft
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Battle for Number One: Not since 2004, when Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin were selected first and second overall, have we seen two prospects so highly debated and both worthy of the number one selection. Either Tyler Seguin (No. 1 ranked) from the Plymouth Whalers or Taylor Hall (No. 2 ranked) of the Windsor Spitfires will ultimately be selected first overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but both are sure to have great NHL careers.
Home Sweet Home: Eight California-born prospects are ranked by NHL Central Scouting and will hope to be drafted in their home state. In 2009, three California-born prospects were selected (Kyle Bigos 99th; Brandon Kozun 179th; and Mitchell Callahan 180th). The following California-born prospects could see their name called at the STAPLES Center in 2010:
|La Mirada, CA||Placentia, CA|
|Los Angeles, CA||Scottsdale, AZ|
|Torrance, CA||Gardena, CA|
|San Dimas, CA||Allen, TX|
|Long Beach, CA||Long Beach, CA|
|Riverside, CA||Southlake, TX|
|San Diego, CA||San Marcos, CA|
|Newport Beach, CA||Las Vegas, NV|
Overcoming Adversity: A 5’10” center from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Jaden Schwartz (No. 28 ranked), has had his fair share of doubters throughout his career, but continues to silence them on the ice -- he became the youngest player since 1982-83 to win the USHL scoring title and with 83 points (33-50--83) in 60 games it was the highest point total since Thomas Vanek scored 91 points in 2001-02. A potential first-round draft pick, Schwartz will have a little more on his mind then his future NHL career as his older sister, Mandi, continues to battle leukemia and desperately search for a bone marrow donor.
Overcoming Adversity II: Quinton Howden (No. 19 ranked), a center from Winnipeg, Manitoba, didn’t get his start in hockey until age seven, a year after he spent two months in a chest-to-toe cast that forced him to learn how to walk again. He broke his femur so badly in a bicycle accident that the doctor’s had doubts that he would be much of an athlete, let alone an NHL-bound hockey player.
Sibling Support: As the prospects wait to hear their named called, they will have no shortage of support from their older and younger siblings at the STAPLES Center, many of whom have pushed their brother along the way in his career: Austin Watson (No. 14 ranked) is the oldest of nine, soon to be 10 siblings; Jeffrey Skinner (No. 34 ranked) is the second youngest of six hockey playing siblings; and Danny Biega (No. 46 ranked) is the youngest of three brothers whose hockey careers have taken them all to Harvard University.
Athletic Background: Many prospects come from families with strong athletic backgrounds: Mark Alt’s (No. 37 ranked) father, Jon, played tackle in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs; Emerson Etem’s (No. 8 ranked) mother, Patricia, rowed at the 1984 Olympics and his father, Rick, rowed for the Naval Academy in college; and Freddie Hamilton’s (No. 62 ranked) father, Doug, was an Olympic rower for Canada, winning a bronze medal in 1988 and his mother, Lynn, competed on Canada’s basketball team at the 1984 Olympics and has won two World Championships medals.
NHL Bloodlines: For many prospects, the NHL Entry Draft is another step towards a League that has been a part of their life since they can remember. Bloodlines will run deep in the 2010 Entry Draft as many fathers, uncles, cousins and brothers have played and been drafted to the NHL.
The following is a list of NHL ties in players ranked by NHL’s Central Scouting:
Aubry, Louis-Marc (No. 87 ranked): Father, Pierre Aubry, played in the NHL (1980-1985) for Quebec and the Detroit.
Beukeboom, Brock (No. 41 ranked): Father, Jeff Beukeboom, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, played 14 seasons in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers. Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk is his father’s cousin.
Barnett, J.T. (No. 130 ranked): Father, Mike Barnett, is the New York Rangers director of amateur scouting and advisor to the GM and former General Manager of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Biega, Danny (No. 46 ranked): Brother, Alex Biega, was drafted 147th overall by Buffalo in 2006.
Bjugstad, Nick (No. 13 ranked): Uncle, Scott Bjugstad, played nine NHL seasons (1983-92) with the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings.
Brickley, Connor (No. 58 ranked): Second cousin, Andy Brickley (210th overall, by Philadelphia in 1980), played in the NHL from 1983-1994 for Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Boston and Winnipeg. Father, Craig Brickley, was selected 207th overall, by Los Angeles Kings in 1974.
Brown, Patrick (No. 202 ranked): His father, Doug Brown, played 854 games (1986-2001) with New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Detroit. His uncle, Greg Brown, was drafted 26th overall in 1986 by Buffalo and played with the Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg.
Coyle, Charlie (No. 24 ranked): He is the cousin of former NHL players Tony Amonte and Bobby Sheehan.
Dore, Patrick (No. 184 ranked): His father, Denis Dore, was drafted 151st overall in 1981 by the Hartford Whalers and his uncle, Andre Dore, played six years in the NHL (1979-1985) with the NY Rangers, St. Louis and Quebec.
Gardiner, Max (No. 49 ranked): His older brother, Jake Gardiner, was drafted 17th overall in 2008 by the Anaheim Ducks.
Hamilton, Curtis (No. 42 ranked): He is the son of Bruce Hamilton, current owner and general manager of the Kelowna Rockets – his father was selected by St. Louis Blues 81st overall in 1977.
Hayes, Kevin (No. 26 ranked): His brother, Jimmy Hayes, was selected 60th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008. He is also the second cousin of former NHLers Tom Fitzgerald and Keith Tkachuk.
Hendrickson, Garrett (No. 198 ranked): His father, Keith Hendrickson, was selected 137th overall in 1977 by the Montreal Canadiens.
Inglis, Charles (No. 121 ranked): He is related to Bill Inglis, who served as the head coach for the Buffalo Sabres (1978-79) and played in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres.
Melchiori, Julian (No. 46 ranked): He is the nephew of Mike Murphy and Mark Murphy. Mike, senior vice president of NHL hockey operations and former NHL forward played 12 NHL seasons with St. Louis, New York Rangers and Los Angeles. Mark was drafted 79th overall by Chicago in 1978.
Messier, Jordan (No. 115 ranked): His father, Mitch Messier, was selected 57th overall in 1983 by Minnesota. His uncle, Joby Messier, was drafted 118th overall in 1989 by the New York Rangers. Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup winner and current special assist to the president and general manager of the New York Rangers, is his father’s cousin.
Nelson, Brock (No. 25 ranked): His uncle, Dave Christian, was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning team and enjoyed an NHL career that spanned over 1000 games. His grandfather, Billy Christian, and great uncle, Roger Christian, played on Team USA’s 1960 gold-medal winning men's hockey team. Gordon Christian, also his great uncle, was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won silver in 1956.
Pickard, Calvin (No. 1 ranked goalie): His brother, Chet Pickard, was a 2008 first round draft pick (18th overall by Nashville). He currently plays for the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League.
Pitlick, Tyler (No. 18 ranked): His uncle, Lance Pitlick, played 393 NHL games between 1994 and 2002 for the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers.
Ramage, John (No. 131 ranked): His father, Rob Ramage, was drafted first overall by the Colorado Rockies in 1979 and went on to play for eight NHL teams Colorado, St. Louis, Calgary, Toronto, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Philadelphia (1979-1994).
Ranford, Brendan (No. 111 ranked): His uncle, Bill Ranford, was drafted 52nd overall by the Boston Bruins in 1985 and went on to play for Edmonton, Boston, Washington, Tampa Bay and Detroit (1987-2000).
Reinhart, Maxwell (No. 79 ranked): His father, Paul Reinhart, was drafted 12th overall in 1979 by the Atlanta Flames, and went on to play 648 games in the NHL for Atlanta, Calgary and Vancouver (1979-1990).
Ross, Bradley (No. 59 ranked): His brother, Nick Ross, was selected 30th overall in 2007 by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Rust, Bryan (No. 80 ranked): His brother, Matt Rust, was drafted 101st overall by Florida in 2007.
Smith, Dalton (No. 73 ranked): His father, Derrick Smith, was drafted 44th overall in 1983 by Philadelphia and played with the Flyers, Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars (1984-1994). He is also the nephew of Keith Primeau and Wayne Primeau.
Sutter, Brody (No. 142 ranked): His father, Duane Sutter, was drafted 17th overall in 1979 by the New York Islanders and played 11 seasons in the NHL for the Islanders and Blackhawks (1979-1990).
Thomas, Christian (No. 69 ranked): His father, Steve Thomas, played over 1200 games (1984-2004) for Toronto, Chicago, New York Islanders, New Jersey, Anaheim and Detroit. Tinordi, Jarred (No. 38 ranked): He is the son of Mark Tinordi, who played 12 NHL seasons as a defenseman with the Rangers, North Stars, Stars and Capitals from 1987-99.
Woods, Brendan (No. 83 ranked): His father, Bob Woods, was drafted 201st overall in 1988 by the New Jersey Devils and is currently the assistant coach of the Washington Capitals.