VANCOUVER BC - When the NHL Draft goes into its second day it makes the wait that much longer for those future NHL hopefuls sitting in the stands.
Regina's Harrison Blaisdell figured he would go anywhere from the second to the fifth round. So when the Winnipeg Jets took him in the fifth at 133rd overall, he wasn't shocked.
"I'm super grateful," said Blaisdell, who can play both centre and wing.
"Winnipeg is a great spot, close to my home (Regina), close to North Dakota so it's going to be awesome. I'm super excited."
Blaisdell will attend UND to study communications and play for the Fighting Hawks starting this fall. He is coming off an impressive campaign with the BCHL's Chilliwack Chiefs where he scored 33 goals and ended up with 58 points in 51 games.
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"I think overall it was a good season. Obviously it put me in a good position for today," said Blaisdell.
"Then I chose UND because for me I went down and looked at the facilities, it's an unbelievable place. It gives me an opportunity; you know I have a few years to develop into the player I want to be and transition into pro really easily."
He has been described as a player that plays with a lot of emotion and fire. Blaisdell compares himself to the Bruins' Brad Marchand, without all the extra stuff that the feisty winger brings.
"I try to reach out in the community and obviously my style of play I play with a bit of flash, a little bit of grit. I think I kind of give the people what they want, I guess." said Blaisdell.
Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff loves the energy that Blaisdell brings and is not concerned that his feistiness will be a problem in the future.
"It's always better to reign people in than to try and push them in the other direction," said Cheveldayoff.
"Pretty excited about that."
On top of that, his father Mike was a first round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 1980 and ended up playing 343 games in the National Hockey League. The older Blaisdell wrapped up his pro hockey career in England and finally coached in the British Hockey League. During that time Harrison was born.
"I grew up in England my first five years. I was around the rink because he was coaching there," said Blaisdell when asked about where his passion for hockey came from.
"I was always kind of around the guys and it was always something I wanted to do growing up. For me it's always been kind of a no brainer."