For many people, June means weekends at the lake or afternoons basking in the sun on the patio. To us, June means the NHL Entry Draft is right around the corner so it's time to amp up our draft coverage even higher.
We take a lot of pride in that almost every week over the course of the year we've be bringing you interviews with some of the big name players eligible for the 2009 Draft in Montreal. If you're a regular follower of the show then you've heard from players Like John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane, Scott Glennie, Jordan Schroeder and Nazem Kadri.
Last night on the show we brought in 3 more players expected to go in the 1st round including someone who might actually go 1st overall - Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman. Hedman joined us from Pittsburgh where he was in town to take in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He talked to us about the year, his performance at the WJC in Ottawa, his opinion on how he was mis-used by coach Par Marts and we also chatted about the NHL combine and the draft itself.
Jared Cowen of the Spokane Chiefs was part of the show last night for a shorter interview (thanks to some phone tag). We were able to get Jared's opinion on the combine and the Top Prospects game considering he was inactive for the second half of the season and couldn't impress on the ice. The 6'5 blueliner is destined to go in the top 10 later this month.
We had a 3rd player join us last night as high school player Chris Kreider (pronounced Cry-Durr) told us about his experience at the intimidating NHL Combine, how he feels about the draft and his remarkable attempt to qualify for NCAA this coming season, a full year ahead of his original plan to join Boston College. Kreider is a well spoken kid, someone who is seeing his stock rise as the draft gets closer and we can only assume he impressed during his combine interviews because he did with us last night.
We also presented our first team preview with Tod Button, the head scout of the Calgary Flames. We were able to get a sense of what Calgary's drafting philosophy might be which really isn't much different than what you hear most teams talk about. We got updates on several key Flames prospects including Mikael Backlund, Greg Nemisz, Keith Aulie and John Negrin.
If you missed any of those 4 interviews you can click the archive HERE.
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