2013 NHL Entry Draft - Part 2
I was able to sit in on the scouts meetings this morning for about an hour or so. During my time in the room, the scouts were finishing up with decisions on the last couple of rounds and discussing the prospects they believe will fit the team at each position.
It’s pretty interesting to listen to each scout try to “sell” their guy(s) to Assistant GM Paul Fenton and Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty. Each scout talks about the player’s skill, their attitude, their work ethic and their development ceiling. Fortunately, there weren’t any arguments about players while I was present, but some meetings have been known to get a little heated when scouts don’t agree on a player.
When the scouts broke for lunch, I was able to interview Jeff Kealty to discuss tomorrow’s draft. Watch it here.
After getting the video knocked out, a couple of us headed out on the town to enjoy our day. Our first stop was the NHL offices here in New York. The NHL.com website producers put out an open invitation for all to visit and we took them up on the offer. The offices take up three floors – four floors if you could the NHL Store – of the building here on the Avenue of the Americas. It’s interesting to see the nerve center of the NHL – even though this is only one of their offices. After our tour, one of the club site producers suggested we head to Brooklyn to grab a slice at Grimaldi's Pizzeria and spend some time along the East River. So after the leaving the NHL office, we paced around the streets trying to find the nearest subway station. If you’ve never had to deal with the NYC subway system before, it can be a little tricky.
It was an adventure finding our way to Brooklyn, but once we found Grimaldi’s (an hour later), the line was wrapped along the block – something we didn’t expect. With temps approaching 95 degrees standing outside didn’t sound like much fun, so we found a sub shop and ate there. When we decided to head back to Manhattan, we jumped on the East River ferry to head back over. It was cool to see the skyline from the ferry, but the ride from Brooklyn to Pier 11 took all of three minutes.
Once we were back on solid ground, we headed towards the 9/11 Memorial – passing Wall Street and a couple of other sites on the way. The memorial site was at the top of my list when I found out we would have some free time in the city. After waiting in line for a little while (get tickets in advance if you plan on visiting the 9/11 site), we made it through security and onto that hallowed ground.
As a veteran who served during the War on Terror, it was pretty sobering seeing the names of the fallen lining the pools – it brought everything full circle for me. There was a lot sacrificed that day and there has been a lot sacrificed since the terror attacks in 2001.
We also made a point to find the names of Garnet Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis while we were at the memorial. For those of you who don’t know, those two gentlemen were scouts for the Kings and they were headed to Los Angeles on United Flight 175 when it crashed into the South Tower.
After that we returned to the hotel to shower and shut it down for the night. I headed out to dinner with some of the hockey operations staff and spent some time hanging out in hotel lobby before getting come back up here to my room.
Well, it’s time to get some sleep – tomorrow is going to be a busy day.