Future Considerations

Jackets’ Ambroz stinging after draft day fall
June 28, 2011, 11:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He had to wait to hear 127 names before his was called by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Now, Seth Ambroz is out to send a message to the 29 NHL teams that passed him over.

“Prove them wrong.”

Expected to go among the top 60 picks of the draft in his home state, Ambroz fell to the Blue Jackets in the fifth round. The sting of having to wait longer than expected on day two of the draft was still fresh in the tone of Ambroz’s voice. Continue reading

Brodin set to invade Minnesota
June 28, 2011, 10:37 pm
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From Andrew Weiss:

The Swedes invaded the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota.

And one will be back very soon.

The Minnesota Wild selected Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin 10th overall, the fourth Swede selected in the first 10 picks of the 2011 draft.

“It was a fantastic feeling to be picked by Minnesota in Minnesota,” said Brodin. “[The Wild organization] showed me around the locker room and the arena. They have a very good organization, so I like it.” Continue reading

Hamilton has big dreams for Boston
June 28, 2011, 11:07 am
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From Brian Huddle:

Standing larger than his reported six-foot-four frame, Dougie Hamilton is used to being the big man on campus.

Having been selected to the Boston Bruins ninth overall, he’ll get the opportunity to develop in Zdeno Chara’s rather large shadow. But instead, imagine what a future pairing of the two could look like to those opposing the Boston Bruins. Continue reading

Miller shocked by Rangers selection
June 28, 2011, 10:58 am
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From Andrew Weiss:

Cheers from section 118 filled the Xcel Energy Center after Aaron Boogaard, on behalf of the New York Rangers, announced J.T. Miller’s name as their first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ironically, Miller was not a contributor to the noise as he stood in disbelief that the Rangers had selected him 15th overall.

“I was a little shocked,” Miller said. “I only had one meeting with them so I wasn’t really expecting it. There were other teams that showed a little more interest toward me so it was a little bit of a shock. But to get my name called was breathtaking and the best thing in the world.” Continue reading