Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Marc Bergevin tried to get Kerby Rychel.

This video provides an interesting glimpse of the behind-the-scenes prep before the 2013 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Nothing earth-shattering or too revelatory, but kind of cool that it goes pretty much as we surmise.  They have their man-crushes, players high on their list, they wonder if they can trade down and still get their guy, they strategize about which teams are gunning for a particular player, they're open to offers but don't adhere strictly to the 'value chart', it's like my fantasy hockey or fantasy football drafts with marginally higher stakes.

Also, did I hear right, after that phone call before they picked Kerby Rychel at #19?  Jarmo Kekalainen picks up the phone, listens for a second, says: "No.  We're making the pick."  He then hangs up the phone and when asked who it was, answers: "Berj..."

As in Marc Bergevin?  I guess he was after Kerby Rychel too, but the Blue Jackets wanted him just as much.  Or maybe they were after Anthony Mantha?  Oh well, either way, our boy tried.

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