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Ducks Draft Blog (Day 2)

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Ducks Draft Blog (Day 1)


By Adam Brady

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11:03 a.m.

The Blue Jackets select Trent Vogelhuber of nearby Dublin, Ohio with the 211th pick and THIS THING IS OVER!

For the second or third time today, the PA plays a country/rock song called "I'm a True Blue Jackets Fan". Maybe we need a team song. Then again, maybe not.

Well, that's it from the Draft. As I mentioned before, stay tuned for another trade announcement. Find it on the home page and find further blogging in Ducks blog. Thanks for tuning in, all three of you!

10:58 a.m.

Well, some of this crowd is still here. They're still lustily booing when it's announced that Detroit will pick next.

10:54 a.m.

I haven't mentioned it before, but the video board here has a constant scroll of text messages that people can send. The Ducks did it for a little while, but they don't do it anymore. Anyway, I just looked up there to see one that said "Rob, will you marry me? Meighan." That's got to be one of the worst marriage proposals ever, a close second to a guy saying, "Well, we might as well do this."

10:48 a.m.

The Ducks' last pick, which was the 211th overall (7th round), has gone to Columbus. It was the Ducks' option whether they would give that pick to Columbus in '07 or '08 in the trade that brought Mark Hartigan and Joe Motzko to the Ducks. The Ducks have decided to give the pick to Columbus this year.

So, the Ducks are done for this Draft, but don't tune out yet. We'll have news on a trade in a few minutes.

10:31 a.m.

Round 6 is over and on to Round 7. This thing is movin'!

Carolina just traded selection 192 to Montreal for goaltender Michael Leighton, who you might remember spent some time in the Anaheim organization and played for Portland.

10:09 a.m.

The Ducks just traded minor-league center Tim Brent, who spent a portion of the season up with Anaheim this season, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for center Stephen Dixon. In 80 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL, Dixon had 17 goals and 24 assists.  

10:07 a.m.

The Nationwide Arena DJ puts on "We Got the Beat" by the Go-Gos. Haven't heard that one in a long time.

By the way, the turkey sandwiches they give to the media here are an outrage.

9:54 a.m.

I was just about to doze off in my chair when I heard the word "Anaheim" over the PA. The Ducks took center Brett Morrison of Sydney, Nova Scotia with the last pick of the 5th round. He's 5-10, 178 and played for Prince Edward Island of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season.  

On to the 6th, where the Ducks don't have a pick.

9:46 a.m.

Here's something interesting (or maybe not). The last two picks in the 5th round have been named Ilja and J.S. First it was winger Ilja Kablukov of Moscow (picked by Vancouver) and then center Jean-Simon Allard of Quebec (taken by Buffalo).

Alright, I'm reaching.

9:18 a.m.

It's two European goalies in the row for the Ducks, as they take Mattias Modig of Lulea, Sweden with the final pick of the 4th round. Modig is 6-0, 163 as of now. Let's get him up to the Ducks suite and feed him some chicken fingers.

9:02 a.m.

We have audio from Ducks 2nd-round pick Eric Tangradi. CLICK HERE to listen.

9:00 a.m.

Over the Nationwide Arena PA comes a song I've never heard that is a cover of the Gnarls Barkley tune "Crazy" sung by a woman who sounds like Dido. That's a good idea. When a song becomes so overplayed it's now unbearable, have a woman record a cover of it.

8:52 a.m.

More Anaheim in the 4th round. They have the 98th pick as well and select goalie Sebastian Stefaniszin of Denmark, who played in Germany this past season. In six picks, it's the first time Anaheim has taken a European and the first time they've taken a goalie in this Draft.

8:37 a.m.

The Ducks take two Americans with their first two 4th-round picks. They pick left wing Justin Vaive of Buffalo, New York with the first pick of the 4th round (92nd overall) and Steven Kampfer of Ann Arbor, Mich., with the second pick (93rd overall). Vaive is a 6-4, 210-pounder who played with the USA Under-18 team, while Kampfer is a 5-11, 197-pounder who played at the University of Michigan last year.

By the way, it should be pointed out that the Ducks got that 92nd pick from Philadelphia for Todd Fedoruk.

8:13 a.m.

The Ducks will be busy in the 4th round, by the way. They have a whopping four picks in that round alone, including the first two in a row.  

8:04 a.m.

The Ducks, who the announcer briefly calls the "Mighty Ducks" before correcting himself, take Maxime Macenauer of Laval, Quebec. He's a 6-0, 188-pound center who played for Rouyn-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last year. There you go.

8:00 a.m.

That concludes the 2nd round and we go right into the 3rd. This might not be such a long day afterall. Then again, we do have seven rounds.

7:50 a.m.

It should be noted that Colorado took the first goaltender of the Draft at No. 49, Trevor Cann of Oakville, Ontario. I thought it was strange that he was wearing his mask in the crowd. (Okay, I made that up.)

Trevor lists his pregame ritual as "cannot take a nap" and his favorite band is Nickelback. Eww. If he's trying to fall asleep while listening to them, that may explain the nap problem.  

7:40 a.m.

The Ducks took center Eric Tangradi of Philadelphia with their 2nd-round pick (42nd overall). He's 6-3, 207 pounds and played in Belleville of the OHL last year. Eric lists his pre-game ritual as "laying in a cold tub before the game for 10 minutes and listening to the same two songs." But he doesn't mention the songs.

It was great to see him hugging his family and the rest of the group around him when he got picked. Always a nice moment.  

7:08 a.m.

The atmosphere at Day 2 of the NHL Entry Draft is drastically different than Day 1. As you approach Nationwide Arena, you notice there is no crowded outdoor party like there was yesterday. The few fans who shuffle toward the arena in their respective team jersey's have a slight air of desperation. Inside, the crowd that numbered in the thousands yesterday is closer to just one thousand.

Meanwhile, they won't bring any Draft picks to the stage today for any handshakes, jerseys donnings or photos. Instead, each team will make its picks in relatively rapid succession, each coming within minutes of each other. They announce them through a microphone set up at their respective tables.

And consistent with that atmosphere, today's Ducks Draft Blog will be different. They're charging through rounds 2 through 7 today, and if I comment on every pick, they'll have to ship me back to Orange County in a pine box. So, I'll be making occasional posts today, notably when the Ducks make their picks.

You can still follow the Draft live on the NHL Network by CLICKING HERE.

Anaheim has the 42nd pick in the Draft (the 12th of the 2nd round) after making the trade with Minnesota yesterday. The Ducks came into the Draft without a 2nd-round pick, but yesterday traded their 16th for the Wild's 19th and 42nd.

So, here is where the Ducks select today:

Round                        Overall Selection

2............................. 42 (From MIN)

3............................. 63 (From PHX)

4............................. 92 (From PHI)

4............................. 93 (From PHX)

4............................. 98 (From CBJ)

4............................. 121

5............................. 151

6..............................No Selection

7..............................211 (Optional to CBJ) 


We'll be back later.

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