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NHL veterans shout out to draft picks

Players offer congratulations, poke fun at future stars

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The prospects pulling on their new sweaters during the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo on Friday weren't the only players keeping close tabs on the action. Many veteran NHL skaters took to Twitter to weigh in on their future teammates.

When center Auston Matthews of Zurich (Switzerland), via Scottsdale Ariz., was selected by the Maple Leafs with the No. 1 pick, many Toronto players offered their congratulations.

Tweet from @brookslaich: Congratulations @A_Matthews34 and welcome to the @MapleLeafs - you're going to love it!

Tweet from @Jgardiner272: Welcome to Toronto @A_Matthews34 Great to have you a part of #Leafnation

The Winnipeg Jets chose Tappara (Finland) forward Patrik Laine with the No. 2 pick, and some of their standout forwards expressed their joy about him joining their team.

Tweet from @BiggieFunke: Big day for the @NHLJets. Congrats @PatrikLaine29 and welcome to Winnipeg! Bring a heavy coat

Tweet from @NikolajEhlers24: Welcome to the team @PatrikLaine29 ������������������ Enjoy the night!

Tweet from @markscheifele55: @PatrikLaine29 Welcome to the @NHLJets

The Columbus Blue Jackets surprised many when they chose Cape Breton (QMJHL) forward Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third pick, but that didn't stop their captain, Nick Foligno, from offering his excitement.

Tweet from @NickFoligno: Congrats to Pierre-Luc Dubois! Happy to have you kid! Enjoy the night! Look forward to seeing you in a CBJ Uni!

The Arizona Coyotes traded with the Detroit Red Wings to receive Pavel Datsyuk's contract and the No. 16 pick, which the Coyotes used to select Sarnia (OHL) defenseman and Florida-native Jakob Chychrun. Arizona forward Max Domi weighed in.

Tweet from @max_domi: Congrats @j_chychrun7 !!! See you soon man! ����

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson chided center Logan Brown of Ottawa (OHL), taken 11th by the Senators, for his 6-foot-6 frame.

Tweet from @ErikKarlsson65: Welcome @21LBrown looking forward to meeting you. Maybe you can help me get my chin pads down from my stall. I have trouble reaching them.

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn also made a height joke regarding 6-foot-5 forward Riley Tufte of Blaine (Minn.) High School, taken by Dallas with the 25th pick.

Tweet from @jamiebenn14: You can probably reach the stars you're so tall! Welcome to the @DallasStars @rileytufte27 ������ See you in Dallas.

Five players from the St. Louis area were selected in the first round, and city native Patrick Maroon expressed his pride for his hometown's hockey prowess.

Tweet from @patmaroon: What a day for St. Louis hockey! 5 kids from The Lou drafted in the first round! Yaaaaa baby!!!!!! #stlproud

Center Brett Howden of Moose Jaw (WHL) was taken by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 27th pick, and his brother Quinton, who plays for the Florida Panthers, congratulated Brett while acknowledging the new intrastate, intrafamily rivalry.

Tweet from @qhowden21: Well, this will be interesting.. Congrats @B_Howdy21

Finally, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, who was not drafted out of either Indiana of the United States Hockey League or Michigan State University, won the night with this tweet.

Tweet from @ToreyKrug: Can't believe I didn't get drafted again...

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