Just like that kid who said F the Mets didn't get any other deals, if some random shmuch kid said he wouldn't play for a team because of childhood allegiances then odds are a lot of other teams are gonna pass on him too just because of his attitude and the fact that he isn't grateful just of the chance of being drafted.
Also I remember hearing a while ago that Fitzy was drafted by Atlanta but I don't remember what round/pick and what ever happened after that. If he doesn't wanna talk about it we shouldn't bother him to tell us, but if you don't mind telling us it'd be an awesome story for you to tell us Fitz. Just like what happened going into the draft, did you know you were on their radar? Stuff like that
Weren't Jessiman and the Ferraro twins Rangers fans?
Sanguinetti is a Rangers fan.
I think what the OP is talking about is an interesting scenario. Did anyone ever see Matt Duchesne's room when he was being profiled by YTSN? Holy Moly. It was like an Av's pro shop. It was covered top to bottom in everything Av's.
I remember him doing a fist pump when Hedman was taken by Tampa Bay. Now there's a kid who probably would have told Tampa straight up that he was leaving them in 3 years, LOL
Most of these kids are probably happy enough with just playing in the NHL.
Speaking of which, anyone else remember the look on Stamkos' face when TSN showed TB winning the lottery? Poor kid looked like he was going to cry LOL. I wish I could find a clip of it somewhere, it was gold.
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As far as the topic at hand is concerned, its pretty much been covered. If a team gives you a shot to make the pros, you deal with whatever prior notions you had about the franchise. I would be willing to be anyone here would love to play for the Devils for what they pay, and within a few months would feel a strong affiliation with the franchise.
If you grew up a Ranger's fan, I think you would want to be drafted by another team because you would have a fair chance to actually play in the NHL. And when you are old a gray you come home to the Rangers and sign on for your golden parachute.
I must admit that the organization has been playing youngsters the last few years, but I still can shake 1995 - 2005 era out of my head.
if i was drafted into the NHL, the 2 last teams i would want to play for are the NJ Devils, and the NY Rangers....the pressures of playing for the team you root for has got to be ridiculous...id love to play out west, where i have literally zero rooting interest.
I would think that for most guys that can make it to the pros, that they have devoted so much time and effort into teams that they actually are playing on that there's not a whole lot of energy left to be pouring into a pro team. When you figure in the practices, the road trips, the workout time, the games, where is there time left to sit down and watch a Rangers game? I would also think that because a player that good has probably also played with or for other good players or coaches, that their personal allegiances may be to teams that those players or coaches now play or coach for. We can allow the Rangers to take a prominent role in our lives because there is nothing else filling that role. I may not be speaking for anybody other than myself, but I would think when you are actually on a team that is really competetive, it would be difficult to not have that team fill that primary role.