For the average person, sitting and waiting to be selected by a team can be nerve-wracking — think back to when you were in middle school waiting to be picked for a dodge ball team. However, for Ryan Suter
, the nerves didn’t exist.
“I’m excited to be out there or to be here and to be drafted and not go last,” Suter said. The Minnesota Wild blueliner was selected in the 13th round by Team Toews.
Plus, he was reunited with his former defensive partner from Nashville, Shea Weber.
“They talked about that before,” Suter admitted. “They said they were going to draft me and Shea before…They were going to draft us first and say that we were going to play the whole game; they don’t want any other D, but the NHL wouldn’t let them do that. Probably a good thing.”
Fans likely won’t see Suter play his typical 30 minutes — and it’ll be weird not to see him on the ice for half the game, but he’ll still be looking to play his defensive game.
“We talked about tightening it down, and playing a defensive style, maybe try to win 3-1, maybe 2-1, type game and play defense and see what happens,” Suter said.
No matter the score, Suter is happy to be on Team Toews.
“I’m excited. It’s a good group of guys,” Suter said.
Here's the full All-Star Weekend draft order:
1. Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs RW (Traded to Foligno for Tyler Seguin)
2. Shea Weber, Predators D
3. Jake Voracek, Flyers W
4. Corey Crawford, Blackhawks G
5. John Tavares, Islanders C
6. Roberto Luongo, Panthers G
7. Brent Seabrook, Blackhawks D
8. Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues RW
9. Patrice Bergeron, Bruins C
10. Jaroslav Halak, Islanders G
11. Aaron Ekblad, Panthers D
12. Patrik Elias, Devils W
13. Ryan Suter, Wild D
14. Mark Giordano, Flames D
15. Justin Faulk, Hurricanes D
16. Tyler Johnson, Lightning F
17. Filip Forsberg, Predators F
1. Ryan Johansen, Blue Jackets C
2. Duncan Keith, Blackhawks D
3. Anze Kopitar, Kings C
4. Steven Stamkos, Lightning C
5. Tyler Seguin, Stars C (traded to Toews for Phil Kessel)
6. Carey Price, Canadiens G
7. Claude Giroux, Flyers C
8. Dustin Byfuglien, Jets D
9. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins G
10. Brian Elliott, Blues G
11. Brent Burns, Sharks D
12. Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues D
13. Bobby Ryan, Senators W
14. Radim Vrbata, Canucks W
15. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Flames D
16. Zemgus Girgensons, Sabres F
17. Alex Ovechkin, Capitals W
18. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins