The night before the draft I think I was more anxious than nervous. I was excited to see where I was going to be drafted. The anticipation leading up to the draft starts in September so I was ready for it to finally be here.
To be honest I didn't have any clue where I was going to be drafted. I met with a couple teams the day before the draft for second interviews and Philly wasn't even one of them. I think it makes it that much more exciting when you don't have a clue.
I had a tough time sleeping. So many thoughts go through your head, you dream of these moments as a kid and when it's finally here, it's impossible to let your mind relax.
My parents just told me its out of my control now. Once you get drafted it's what you do from then on. It doesn't matter where you get drafted, those were some talks I had with my Dad leading up to the draft. They were supportive through the whole process.”
“I had a good night of sleep the night before but it's when I woke up in the morning that I started getting anxious and couldn’t wait to go through the draft.
I didn't really have any expectation for the draft because you never know what can happen. I definitely didn't think I was going to get drafted by the Flyers because the day before they didn't have a 1st round pick but honestly I couldn't of asked for a better place to get drafted. Philly is really one of the best places in the league.
My dad told me don't have any expectations and enjoy the moment. He went through it when he played so it was really nice to have him and my entire family in Minnesota to live the moment that I was dreaming of since I was a kid.”
“I was in Ottawa, I had my family with me, I was sharing a room with my brother, it was nice to have him with me to help me out a bit. I don’t remember sleeping too much. I had a combination of anxious, nervous, excited… A lot of feelings going on so it was tough to sleep.
I remember waking up in the morning super excited and nervous again and you know the day went by a lot quicker than I thought it would. I remember sitting in there waiting for your name to be called. It’s an interesting experience because you meet with teams the night before that morning, saying that we think we are going to take you at this pick. You kind of have expectations going in and you know, you can’t really expect that to happen and it was a good experience. A fun time, but it went a lot quicker than I thought it would.”
“Definitely a little bit of nerves the night before but I went down to Pittsburgh early and really enjoyed the experience. I went to a ballgame and stuff like that just to get my mind off of it. I also roomed with my best buddy Matt Finn who ended up going to the Leafs so we helped each other through it.
I really didn't think of where I was going and I didn't want to get my hopes up so I just wanted to try and stay relaxed and have fun. Luckily I was picked and had a big weight lifted off my shoulders.
I had a ton of family and friends down and really just wanted to enjoy it with them and they wanted me to do the same so we all just had a lot of fun being together with relatives and close friends. I don't think there's too much advice to give other than just relax and have a good time.”
“I didn't know what to expect going into the draft, obviously a lot of excitement, but also nervous at the same time. Toronto was picking 7th that year and Luke was apart of the Leafs. There's were rumblings that maybe we would end up together but I was happy to be chosen 5th by LA. I didn't get much sleep the night before, just as I think most guys don’t.”
“I think seeing Luke go through it the year before me was nice to see. And I think you kinda know what to expect a little more. So I was able to enjoy the day more and enjoy the moment when my name got called.”