PPS’s Top 5 Rated Skaters from the AMBHL’s Southern Division eligible for the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft
- M. Klimchuk (F)
- J. Merkley (F)
- T. White (F)
- J. Lees (D)
- J. Watson (F)
2009 NHL Entry Draft/SMWW Career Conference Recap
Saturday June 26
Ready to go for rounds 2 through 7!
I arrived at the Bell Centre just as the second round of the draft was clueing up. I spent the first hour or so analyzing and strategizing how to meet as many hockey executives as possible.
In Ottawa last year the executives were easier to meet as the team's boxes were located on the main concourse. At the Bell Centre the team boxes were located on a different floor which was closed off to the public.
I spent quite a bit of the day just walking the Bell Centre hoping to run into anyone I could.
I was fortunate enough to speak with Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice for about 10 minutes. Paul gave me some great advice and tips on getting into the business.
I also met the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Paul Castron.
My “fan” moment of the draft was actually meeting Patrick Roy. He’s as intense in person as he comes across on TV.
All in all this years experience was not as successful as last years, as far as meeting hockey executives, however it was another great experience.