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BLOG: Graham McPhee no stranger to draft day

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Growing up the son of an NHL general manager means you’re around the sport a lot. It also means you’re probably no stranger to the Draft. Such is the case with Edmonton’s fifth-round pick, Graham McPhee.

The son of former Washington Capitals GM George McPhee says he “grew up in the Capitals locker room.”

Alex Ovechkin lived with the McPhee family during his rookie season. Being around that kind of atmosphere was helpful for Graham, who hopes to further his hockey career in the NHL some day.

“You learn a lot of little things the pros do like unwritten rules and stuff like that,” McPhee said. “All the guys there were extremely kind to me and always welcomed me, which really made me feel good.”

When McPhee was a young kid he was one of the draft runners for Washington. And now, McPhee was one of the prospects in the stands waiting on his name to be called.

“That was cool being part of past drafts and now, being a player drafted. It’s pretty cool,” he said.

Watching prospects get drafted when he was a kid provided a little reward to work toward.

“That’s something that always kind of motivated me. Guys that Washington drafted, how happy they were there with their families.”

And now, McPhee has experienced it himself and he says it lived up to his expectations.

“It’s awesome. It’s an incredible day. It’s something I dreamed of as a kid, to get drafted in the NHL. Now it’s finally becoming a reality and I couldn’t be more proud of being a part of the Edmonton Oilers organization.”

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