Dylan Ferguson was supposed to be fishing today.
In British Columbia. With his family. Living it up in the aftermath of getting drafted in the seventh round of the NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Dylan Ferguson was supposed to be fishing.
Except instead, after being acquired by Vegas from the Dallas Stars as part of the deal that sent veteran Marc Methot to the Lone Star State, Ferguson was at Golden Knights Development Camp.
In Las Vegas.
"I think my parents were in shock when I told them," the 18-year-old goalie said. But we were happy. It's an exciting opportunity here.
It's also an unexpected opportunity for Ferguson.
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After all, he was considered such a toss-up to be drafted that he didn't even make the trip to Chicago this weekend. It would've just been too difficult, too emotional and too heart-wrenching to travel to an NHL Draft and not get taken.
Which although the goalie was a solid 16-10-1 and had a .922 save percentage with the Kamloops Blazers this season, was a distinct possibility.
"Detroit gave me a call before the Draft," Ferguson said. "I didn't really know what that meant. I thought that maybe I wasn't going to get picked.
"Honestly, I was just sitting there with my dad. As it got into the late rounds, I kind of got upset and stopped watching. Then I heard my dad start screaming. Then I ran in and found out Dallas took me.
"I gave him a hug. It was a real moment.
"I never got my Dallas jersey or shirt. From what I was told, they sent it in the mail. It'll be interesting to see if it comes or not now."
As Ferguson says this, he pauses a second.
He looks around this locker room at the Las Vegas Ice Center, in both directions, and then looks down at his chest.
This is where he sports a Golden Knights t-shirt.
He lets out another laugh, almost as if he's still in disbelief about how the past few days unfolded.
"I'm grateful for everything that's happened in the last 24 hours. It feels really good that two teams wanted me and had faith in me.
"I got a call last night, and then I was on a plane this morning. I was going to be fishing. Instead I'm a Golden Knight.
"I couldn't be more excited."