All the work, all the effort, all the scouting trips, scouring the internet for online streams, emails, phone calls and hours in front of the computer.
It is time for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Last night, had the pleasure to meet and mingle with many of my peers in the hockey media. It was a good time at the News Room in Minneapolis and it underscored all of the great people in the business.
Even had a chance to sit down with Shane Prince and his family and agent Larry Kelly for a few minutes after they got into town from Rochester, NY last night. Prince has been a B2011DW favorite for his play and potential, but he has a strong family foundation and has put in a lot of work in the weight room to get himself into tip-top shape. Whoever picks him is getting a player in our view.
This is a tremendous time for all the kids and their families- they've put in the work over the years and are at their first major milestone toward a possible career in pro hockey.
It has been a thrill to bring you this coverage since the 2011 blog started up in August.
Time to bring it all home.