On draft day, there will be two Panthers players taking special interest on the going on in Pittsburgh and pulling for GM Dale Tallon to select a certain someone.
Players telling the General Manager whom to draft is obviously not protocol, but defenseman Erik Gudbranson and prospect forward Drew Shore probably wish it was. That is because both players’ brothers are eligible in this year’s draft, which will be held on June 22nd and 23rd .
Erik Gudbranson’s 17-year-old brother, Alex will be eligible after playing in the OHL for the past couple of years. A defensemen like his brother, Gudbranson totaled nine points with seven assists and two goals last season for the Kingston Frontenacs. He is ranked 161st among all North American skaters by Central Scouting.
Erik Gudbranson was selected third overall in 2010 and will be hoping to hear his brother’s name like he heard his. The Gudbranson brothers are very close and enjoy watching each other play due to the similarities in their games.
"I was watching him out there and I knew where he was going to go," Alex said after he watched Erik play a game for Team Canada in January of 2011. "Some might have thought he was going up, and I knew he was going to the side.
"It's things like that, you know we have such a similar hockey style. There's obviously some differences, but for the most part I could anticipate what he was going to do in the long stretch passes and stuff."
Alex Gudbranson hopes to add another similarity to the list; and that is to be an NHL draft pick.
While the Gudbranson brothers have a nice story, nothing might match the hockey talent in the Shore household.
The Shore brothers are just as close as the Gudbranson brothers, if not closer. Panther’s prospect Drew Shore will likely be pulling for his brother, Quentin to be selected by the Panthers like he was in 2009 with the 44th overall pick.
Quentin Shore tallied eight goals and two assists for a total of 10 points in 24 games with the USNTDP Juniors (US National Team Development Program) in 2011-2012. Quentin also played for the USA U-18 team, where he had five points in six games. He is ranked number 80 among all North American skaters by Central Scouting.
The Shore brothers: Drew, Nick (drafted in third round, 82nd overall, in 2011 NHL draft by Los Angeles), Quentin, and Baker are all elite hockey prospects. Drew and Nick became the first siblings to play for the USNTDP in the same season and then they continued their play for the University of Denver. Younger brother Quentin will be joining the team in the fall.
Drew signed with the Panthers on March 26th, leaving Quentin and Drew to continue the Shore dominance for the Pioneers.
Both Erik Gudbranson and Drew Shore will be happy no matter where their siblings end up, but you have to think they would love to hear their names being called by the Panthers this weekend.