I will admit, I do not know every player who was drafted in Vancouver this past June. I know, I know – how can this be? While I pride myself on knowing the prospect world pretty well, the fact of the matter is that 31 NHL teams have differing opinions and a whole lot more staff than I do personally, and I’ve made peace with that.
What does become fascinating on the draft floor is when, inevitably, selections come in that make me say, “Who is that guy?” In Vancouver, it began in earnest in the fourth round, which Ottawa kicked off by selecting 20-year-old Swedish center Viktor Lodin, who tallied five points in 41 games for Orebro. The fun continued a few picks later when Columbus – with its first pick of the draft – selected Eric Hjorth, a big defenseman who missed almost the entire year w...
About the Author
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.