They were under league control at the time as the owner walked away after a sale and move to Saskatoon was blocked. The team had a new owner, GM and coach the next year, so there probably was nobody in place to run the draft.
Just missed the draft? What, like they forgot it was on or something? Why not just phone in your picks??
This was before the advent of cell phones. Blues Management was having a predraft meeting at International House of Pancakes. Apparently, there was a new short-order cook on, making them miss the draft. Hey, who's gonna go to a draft without a hot breakfast??