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06-27-2009, 04:15 PM
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Does everybody know when they're drafted?

There are often stories like Datsyuk's, who only found out about his being drafted by a curious friend reading the newspaper. I've heard other stories.

I'm sure there is a system that the team uses to notify the players?

Tell stories that you know of players not knowing of their new allegiance to the NHL.

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06-27-2009, 08:50 PM
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In the old days, players had to consciously opt-in to be eligible for the draft, so I'm sure they took the initiative to follow the draft results. Now that it's an opt-out system, I suppose it's possible for someone to remain ignorant of their new draftee status.

But virtually every team contacts its draftees to invite them to some kind of prospect camp. So unless the player lives in the middle of Antartica, he won't stay ignorant for long.

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06-27-2009, 11:26 PM
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I can't remember exactly who it was, but I remember someone was working as a busboy at a hotel and were notified that they had been drafted several months afterwards so he just left the job right then and there.

Excuse the run-on.

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06-28-2009, 07:53 AM
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A guy that lives near me was drafted in the 9th round by the Bruins about 10 years ago. They sent him a letter and Bruins cap by courier.

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06-28-2009, 08:03 AM
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I don't think Keith Jones knew he was being drafted though I may be wrong. He talks about being drafted in his book "Jonesy"

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06-28-2009, 08:49 AM
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Dominik Hasek said he didn't care about the NHL draft at all, he found out just because his teammates were searching the papers for their names and told him that he was drafted too. (I hope it's correct, it's a few years since I read his autobiography).

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06-28-2009, 10:14 AM
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I read something about Nabokov finding out and not knowing what the hell the draft was.

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06-28-2009, 10:51 AM
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I know Florida prospect Matt Duffy found out during a camping trip. The Panthers called his house and his mom answered and told them he was on a camping trip.

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06-28-2009, 11:08 AM
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I read something about Nabokov finding out and not knowing what the hell the draft was.

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