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Draft Day 2: Wild stay home, Oilers miss legacy

Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Wild how these stories sometimes unfold.

With the second round winding down, the Minnesota Wild, the host team for this year's draft in St. Paul, Minn., traded up to get another selection. The crowd in attendance then roared when they picked local product Mario Lucia, who is the son of University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia.

It was quite the storybook move that was perhaps the most notable selection of the second round. Then we came just second from another in the third round.

With the Edmonton Oilers sitting on deck, the Carolina Hurricanes spoiled a potentially great nostalgic selection. The 'Canes picked up Keegan Lowe, son of Oilers legend and current executive Kevin Lowe. It was still a great scene when, after meeting the Carolina staff and putting on the 'Canes jersey, Lowe went and shook hands with each of the people at the Oilers table, who you could see were a tad disappointed but very happy for Keegan, including Mark Messier. Afterward, Keegan said he asked the Oilers not to draft him because he wanted to make his own way in the NHL.

But the Wild weren't the only team that picked a local boy as the Senators drafted a player from the Ottawa 67's of the OHL in Shane Prince. And while San Jose isn't neighbors with Long Beach, but in the state of California, it sort of counts as the Sharks took Matthew Nieto.

Speaking of California draftees, have to mention Rocco Grimaldi. There was an outside shot Rocco was going to go in the first round and set history as the first player 5'6 or shorter to go that high. Instead, he went three picks into the second to the Florida Panthers.

To check out all the picks of Day 2 of the draft, click here.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:51 am
 

Draft Day 2: Wild stay home, Oilers miss legacy

LOVE that sweater!
It's MUCH better than the ones they wear now
That is the one they wear now... its the 3rd jersey... watch more games. 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:37 pm
 

Draft Day 2: Wild stay home, Oilers miss legacy

  I'm sorry but the old uniforms were much better.  My daughters first real picture she is wearing a wild jersey.  I thought they were the 2nd best ones after the Blackhawks.  Good "feel good" story with Lucia, I hope it works out!



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Draft Day 2: Wild stay home, Oilers miss legacy

The Oilers missed Lowe but a couple rounds later they did draft a different legacy. They drafted Craig Simpson's son Dillon.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Draft Day 2: Wild stay home, Oilers miss legacy

Agreed. The nostalgic, throw back, look. Might start a trend.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Draft Day 2: Wild stay home, Oilers miss legacy

LOVE that sweater!
It's MUCH better than the ones they wear now.
I hope they wear those regularly this season.


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