2014 NHL Entry Draft Day One Post [UPDATED x4]

Posted: June 27, 2014 in 2014-15, Draft, News, Whalers



11:01 PM – That’s all folk’s

10:32 PM – The first round is over. Unless Sonny Milano dons a Whalers jersey this season, it means that the streak of having Whalers players go in the first round ends at 4 years (2010 – Seguin, 2011 – Miller, Noesen, and Rakell, 2012 – Wilson, 2013 – Hartman). Following the first round I was able to ask the GM of the Blue Jackets, Jarmo Kekalainen, about the possibility of exercising his CHL options. [Sorry for the bad camera positioning]

9:22 PM – We have our first Whaler drafted! Well sorta… The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Sonny Milano 16th overall. His CHL rights are held by the Plymouth Whalers. The United States of Hockey explains it best.

Before Eagles fans get too excited however, the recruiting job is not done. Milano’s CHL rights are held by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. They’ve had some success luring NTDP players away from college scholarships in the past. Among those that have headed to Plymouth, J.T. Miller (North Dakota), Connor Carrick (Michigan) and Ryan Hartman (Miami).

There is always a chance that Jarmo Kekalainen can sway Sonny to go the CHL route, but right now it does not look likely in his post-draft interview.

Time will tell, but it would be nice to him wearing a Whalers jersey next season. I mean look at some of his stick skills.

8:11 PM – Our first piece of Whalers related news has to do with a former Whaler. James Neal has been traded to the Nashville Predators for Hornqvist and Spaling.

6:06 PM – WhalersOTM is here at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Let’s start this post off with a poll. Tonight is the first round, rounds 2-7 are tomorrow morning. If there was one Whaler player to go today, who would it be?


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