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04-23-2010, 01:37 PM
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Weird Draft Scenario I thought of

Say you are a draft prospect and have grown up a diehard Rangers fan like many of us. Now say at the draft you are drafted by a team like the Devils or Islanders. I could never imagine playing for a team that I've completely despised my whole life like the Devils or Islanders and it makes me sick to even think of either of them raising the cup again. I just find this scenario to be very weird and awkward if it ever happened. Tell me what ya guys think. Also do you think NHL player's passion for having a favorite team stays with them once they are in the league? Do players still root for their "favorite" team while playing in the league and just not root for them if they play them. Please discuss, just some scenarios and thoughts i had

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04-23-2010, 01:48 PM
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Im not an Atlanta fan.

You dont have to be a fan of the team that drafts you, but if you have the best interests of your career at heart you will play and try your best to make the roster.

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Didn't Gilroy grow up an Islander fan?

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if you really didn't want to be drafted by either of those teams I would say you make it well known to everybody especially fans that you despise that team. Therefore teams such as the devils or islanders in this instance would have a hard time drafting you after making such a bold statement that you hate their organization. Granted this never happens because kids are just happy to make it. And once drafted the only team you root for is the one you play on, no excuses

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Im not an Atlanta fan.

You dont have to be a fan of the team that drafts you, but if you have the best interests of your career at heart you will play and try your best to make the roster.
are you implying you were drafted by the thrasers haha

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The New Jersey Devils owner grew up a die-hard Rangers fan.

If he can get passed his fanhood to own the rival team then I don't think any drafted player is going to care. Nazem Kadri grew up a Habs fan and is now a Leafs prospect. He doesn't seem to mind.

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Lindros didn't grow up as a Nordiques fan, this is a certitude...

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James van Riemsdyk is a Rangers fan, he was a huge Rangers fan actually. That didn't stop him in playing for the Flyers and fighting for his shot at the playoffs in the last two games of the season.

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This is a ridiculous question. I don't care how big of a fan you are, if someone offered you millions of dollars to wear a Devils jersey you would do it. Anyone here that claims they wouldn't is either lying or delusional.

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being a pro is different from being a fan.

once you're in juniors or the ncaa or whatever and you figure out that you have a chance to make a career out of playing hockey, these silly allegiances go out the window.

your favorite team is the team that's cutting the check.

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Van Riemsdyk and Max Pacioretty are two Ranger fans who come to mind. Max was reportedly devastated when the Rangers passed over him in the draft.

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being a pro is different from being a fan.

once you're in juniors or the ncaa or whatever and you figure out that you have a chance to make a career out of playing hockey, these silly allegiances go out the window.

your favorite team is the team that's cutting the check.
well said.

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I'd play as hard as I could every game... then jettison out of there ASAP. The only situation I could think of where I wouldn't play for a team is the Red Sox. Sorry, that just could never happen.

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Say you are a draft prospect and have grown up a diehard Rangers fan like many of us. Now say at the draft you are drafted by a team like the Devils or Islanders. I could never imagine playing for a team that I've completely despised my whole life like the Devils or Islanders and it makes me sick to even think of either of them raising the cup again. I just find this scenario to be very weird and awkward if it ever happened. Tell me what ya guys think. Also do you think NHL player's passion for having a favorite team stays with them once they are in the league? Do players still root for their "favorite" team while playing in the league and just not root for them if they play them. Please discuss, just some scenarios and thoughts i had
If you can't play for the team that drafted you, then I despise your professional conduct. Who do you think you are? Eric Lindros? Worry about making the team and proving yourself to be a roster lock on any NHL team. When you've established your career, then you've earned the right to be demanding trades or using the free agent system. Of course if that organization treats you really freaking well and you go demanding a trade too early, you will look like a jack-azz and front office people, agents, scouts, people on forums will question your commitment and call you uncoachable or label you disinterested, personality issues, locker room cancer, etc. Is that the best thing to do for your career?

Kovalchuk is doing it right. He doesn't want any part of Atlanta and their Mickey Mouse management. Most players do not get the opportunity to play for their childhood team and even when they do, you get an occasional Chris Drury out of it.

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Blake Wheeler never wanted to play for the yotes so he just never signed with them and went to boston

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If I was blessed enough to have the talent to play in the NHL, my dream would be to do so for the Rangers. But if fate had me drafted by the Islanders or Devils, as a professional you accept that. Come to think of it, you are a pro hockey player, and you get to stay near your family and friends, I'd say that is a pretty good deal.

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being a pro is different from being a fan.
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I like to say I wouldn't, but it's impossible to say.

And I too would like some clarification Fitzy. Were you drafted by the Thrashers?

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You play as hard as you can, then you leave as a UFA and come to the Rangers either for a big pay check or past your prime

In all seriousness though, if you're blessed with those talents, it's a privilege to lace up skates and play for any NHL club. So many guys like Gernander, Parantrau spend years in the minors with the hope of playing a few games in the big show here and there.

True story; I knew a kid in HS who was an insane baseball hitter and a Yankees fan. Was very out of shape and had no defensive skills, but just owned HS pitching. So the Mets bring him in for a look around 96 or 97 and he nails about half a dozen homers out of Shea. The scouts offered him a developmental deal to work on his game to which he wrote them "F---k the Mets"

He was never looked at by another MLB team. He now drives a taxi and hangs around the local bars.

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If I give any of you here even the minimum wage in the NHL (525K I think) to put on a devils jersey, you'll be screaming LETS GO DEVILS within the minute.

Your other option is to ride the bus around the AHL your whole career.

Coming out before the draft and saying you won't play for certain teams is a surefire way to destroy your career. If you really want to play for your favorite team, you can do that when you become a UFA.

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True story; I knew a kid in HS who was an insane baseball hitter and a Yankees fan. Was very out of shape and had no defensive skills, but just owned HS pitching. So the Mets bring him in for a look around 96 or 97 and he nails about half a dozen homers out of Shea. The scouts offered him a developmental deal to work on his game to which he wrote them "F---k the Mets"

He was never looked at by another MLB team. He now drives a taxi and hangs around the local bars.
WOW, what a moron. LOL. But there certainly have been guys in other sports, most notably the NFL, who have said they will not play for a team and have had pretty good careers. Eli Manning and John Elway come to mind.

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There is a different mentality between players and fans.

Guys who play all their lives in different leagues with an eye towards making it to the NHL are generally not as married to a team as a couch potato that watches his favorite team play his whole life on TV. A lot of them leave home at an early age to play in elite leagues where they see their friends and teammates make it to the NHL and have coaches that have contacts with almost every NHL team.

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are you implying you were drafted by the thrasers haha
He was indeed drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers.

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He was indeed drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers.
Yeah, I looked him up.

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This is a ridiculous question. I don't care how big of a fan you are, if someone offered you millions of dollars to wear a Devils jersey you would do it. Anyone here that claims they wouldn't is either lying or delusional.
Exactly. Plus, if you're good enough to have a shot at playing in the best league on the planet, it's not smart to try and dictate who you are going to play for; this stance makes it much more likely NO team will touch you. If you're not going to play for a local rival, what's to stop other teams from assuming you're not going go all out for them?

Rooting for the home team is nice for a fan.

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