The 2008 Draft
What a difference a year makes. Last off-season the talk was the draft would be one of the best in team history.
Overall, the future looks bright for this team. When you add the likes of Zack Phillips and Zach Shannon who were the second and third round picks respectively, we could be looking at 2012 to make a run. They will make a brief appearance to training camp before heading to Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts.
That’s from one of my posts after the draft last year. It was a dissappointing year you can say.
I also had a poll and the results looked like this:
Results of How Do You Rate Lewiston’s Draft?
A-12 votes 60%
B- 3 votes 15%
C- 1 vote 5%
D- 0 votes 0%
F- 4 votes 20%
Garrett Clark had the most hype coming into the season. He played at the pretigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s and was North Dakota’s youngest recruit. For a 16-year-old defenseman, you don’t expect them to put up numbers. At the same time, nine points and taking bad penalties aren’t going to cut it.
Michael Chaput season was loss to a injury. There was a lot of hype and people were saying he was better then Stefan Chaput. He should be back and show his talent this season.
In the post I linked above, I said Etienne Brodeur would have the biggest impact last season. He won it almost by default. He had 10 goals and 22 assists in all 68 games.
We expected Zach Phillips, Zach Shannon, and Travis Moore to play somewhere else in 2008 and come to town this season.
Phillips and Moore expressed the NCAA route. Phillips committed to UMass Amherst during the uncertainity of the franchise. Basically, it was his way to say I want to be traded because he has signed with Saint John.
I know some fans aren’t too pleased we traded away three of our first six picks in 2008 but talking to Don MacAdam last week he want players who want to be here. He want draft picks to come in and force Roger and himself to keep them on the team.
The 6’3 netminder is ready to come in to challenge for the number selection.
“I don’t want to come in there and make any enemies, but I really want to go in there and battle for the No. 1 job,” Kennedy said to the Sun Journal.
“We wouldn’t want a guy come in with any other attitude then that,” says MacAdam on Kennedy’s comment.
This a new era for the team. No matter how good or hyped a player is, if he doesn’t want to be here, bring someone in that does.
(Nathan also covers the Maineiacs for the Maine Hockey Journal. He also started the World of Junior Hockey. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.)