A few parting thoughts as the first round wraps up in Los Angeles...
- Cam Fowler, rough night there for a while. Okay, yeah, sure. He wound up being drafted in the NHL. How bad could it be? But you know he had dreams of being in the top five. The TSN cameras showed him as picks seven and eight and nine rolled off the clock, and man, that was one sad looking kid. Then, when his chance finally came, he was selected by the Anaheim Ducks, who Kings fans inside Staples Center obviously hate. He was booed off the stage.
I don't think he minds too much though.
- Not one team uttered congratulatory wishes to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup. Not one. What gives, NHL general managers?
- The loudest cheer of the night came when the Kings traded up to the 15th pick. The trade was announced by Gary Bettman, and the Staples Center absolutely exploded. Everybody expected to take the local boy from Long Beach, Emerson Etem. But they chose to go with Derek Forbort instead. The Kings brought out a nice little touch, presenting Forbort with a throwback yellow and purple jersey.
- Etem would be selected, though. He said in his post-game interview that he's never been to an Anaheim Ducks game despite living 20 miles away, but after being selected by the Ducks with the 28th pick, we're sure he'll be at a few from here on out. Etem's selection to a SoCal team was the best moment of the draft.
- Scott Niedermayer retired this week, but the league was quickly replenished with their "Nieder" fix as Nino Niederreiter was selected fifth overall by the New York Islanders.
- A record 11 Americans were selected in the first round on Friday night, but it took 11 picks for the first one to go as Jack Campbell went to Dallas. 10 were selected with the last 19 picks.