It's always sad to see an 18, 19 or 20 year old kid leave the NHL Draft with a crestfallen face, his head between his two legs and the urge to screw it up because 'he was not chosen or that he was not selected where he thought he was.
The intervention of parents, agents and friends is therefore crucial. We must not let go.
In the 2020 Stanley Cup final, know that three players from the Dallas Stars and as many from the Tampa Bay Lightning side have never been drafted. Ignored people who have foiled all the calculations of all the scouts in the NHL.
Taylor Fedun, Joel Hanley and Joel Kiviranta among the Stars, while none other than Yanni Gourde, Tyler Johnson and Jan Rutta of Tampa have never given up.
And if we dig a little deeper, we find Joe Pavelski of Dallas and Ondrej Palat in Tampa who are seventh round picks.
We all tend to skin the Canadiens' Trevor Timmins in his choices, but at his level, he is not the only one to screw his finger in the eye. In the last NHL campaign, around 60 players were never drafted. All clubs have looked up on players like Artemi Panarin, Torey Krug, Mark Giordano, Jonathan Marchessault and Tyler Bozak.
FYI, 204 NHL players are first round picks.
It is on October 7 and 8 that, virtually for the first time, the geniuses will make their 2020 choices. It's always exciting.
From the enclave
- Statement from Gary Bettman last week in Edmonton: “The only good news in this context is that the ownership of the 31, soon to be 32 NHL franchises, has never been stronger and sane.” Quite a salesman, this Gary.
- Regardless of his earnings when he wins or participates in tournaments, Roger Federer pockets more than 70 million a year in sponsorships. It regulates the end of the month. Tiger Woods, him, pockets around
50 million in sponsors. It's getting better, let's say.
- There are nearly 450 arenas in Ontario, which means a hundred more than in Quebec.
- File abolition or severe punishment of fights. Wouldn't it be logical for the example to come from the greats? The time of brawls is over. And we must salute and encourage the tenacity of Minister Isabelle Charest .
- Early Wednesday morning, Patrice Brisebois will play his little game with friends at the magnificent Excetera-Hockey complex, on Côte-de-Liesse. A high caliber, affirms “Breezer”, which will soon reach 50 spring and which has excellent reasons to appreciate the splendid installations of the Saputo. I will come back to that.
- The fairways of the La Vallée-du-Richelieu golf club are in optimal condition, and, despite the pandemic restrictions, last Thursday we managed to organize a magnificent golf tournament to raise $ 61,611 for the Fondation de l Pierre-Boucher hospital. Well done to the volunteers and sponsors, including Desjardins and Starfrit.
- Finding himself with the New York Rangers for the next season, Jacques Martin is now on his ninth team in the NHL. A 34-year career in the big circuit is something, the philosopher 66 of Pittsburgh would say.
- Guy Lapointe received his Fatbike in the colors of the Montreal Canadiens and he was ordered another one bearing the image of the Minnesota Wild.
- Boulevard de Gaspé in Gaspé, prepare for the Stanley Cup parade. Cédric Paquette will keep his promise, that's for sure.
- Steve from Sorel writes that we should get Geoff Molson out of the cabin. I laughed a lot. That's because he's his cabin, Steve.
- Jean-Marc Gagné (Canadian Tire de LaSalle) is now a member of the Country Club of Saint-Lambert, where small bets are overweight.
- Rick Bowness , 65, has had a phenomenal run since arriving in Quebec as a junior in 1972. In the NHL, he played for Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis and Winnipeg. In 1984, he became a coach, and as a head or assistant instructor he has been behind the bench for the Jets, Bruins, Senators, Islanders, Phoenix, Vancouver, Tampa Bay, and now Dallas. Let's say he knows the circuit quite well.
SAME QUESTIONS …
- Mikko Koivu will he find work outside of Minnesota?
- Will Zdeno Chara return to the game at 43 now?
- Is this the end for Patrick Marleau, 41 years old?