2013 NHL Draft Day Doesn’t Disappoint

It was analyzed pre and post, every which way, but these are the guys I saw the most of last year and most interested in!

A little extra incentive was thrown in when a couple of the Braves recruits mentioned they had played minor hockey with Nick Moutrey.

It was nice to see a couple surprises, a trade thrown in as well. I was disgusted with the announcer, I don’t know which one, carrying on about Seth Jones being overlooked till fourth. Sounded like it was his  money or his job, invested in the selection. That is all about bragging rights and after first , big deal! Who was the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic ?

The analyzing went on ad nauseam and the bragging continued; I watched the first 10 live on TV but then followed the next couple of hours on my laptop while relaxing on the patio. At the same time I had the Blue Jays game on my laptop (damn bottom of the 9th) and the race from Kentucky. Did you know that at the Kentucky Raceway you cannot bring your own beverages into the track ? State law !

All the countries and the leagues were tweeting about how many of their players were selected. Well it is our game, Canada, and the OHL is the best league in the world.

The 101 CHL players selected includes a record 22 players from the CHL chosen in the first round led by MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP Nathan MacKinnon of the Champion Halifax Mooseheads who became the seventh straight player from the CHL to be selected first overall when he was picked by the Colorado Avalanche.  22 first round picks, including eight from the Ontario Hockey League, eight from the Western Hockey League, and six players chosen from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, surpasses the league’s previous high of 21 CHL players chosen in the first round of the 2011 and 1998 NHL Entry Drafts.”

Of the 101 CHL players selected, the OHL led the way with 37 players, followed by the WHL with 33 players, and the QMJHL with 31 players selected representing a modern draft record and their highest total since 2003 when 38 QMJHL players were picked in the nine-round draft process.”

And Kemptville 73s product Blaine Byron did not disappoint his followers, as he was selected 179th in Round 6. Congrats Blaine.

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