NHL Draft a Familiar Setting for Some 2014 Draft Prospects
It’s finally the weekend of the much-anticipated 2014 NHL Draft and though the process was not familiar to most of the prospects getting ready to take the biggest step of their professional careers, there are a number that have seen a father, an uncle, or even a cousin do what they are preparing to do now.
Here are some soon-to-be NHLers who share blood to current or past players before them:
DANIEL AUDETTE: No. 75-ranked North American Skater
Daniel’s father Donald played for the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers, collecting 509 points in 735 career NHL games. He currently works for the Montreal Canadiens as an amateur scout.
ANDERS BJORK: No. 101-ranked North American Skater
Bjork’s cousin Erik Condra was drafted 207th overall in 2006 by the Ottawa Senators where he just finished his fourth season.
ROBERT CARPENTER: No. 119-ranked North American Skater
His father, Bobby, competed in the NHL with five different clubs over his 18 season career. Bobby Carpenter was the first American-born player to record 50 goals in a season as a member of the Capitals in 1984-1985. Carpenter collected three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, including one as a player in 1995. In 2007, he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
RYAN DONATO: No. 58-ranked North American Skater
Ryan’s father, Ted, registered 347 points in his 795 game career in the NHL as a member of the Bruins, Islanders, Senators, Ducks, Stars, Kings, Blues and Rangers before becoming the head coach of Harvard University’s men’s ice hockey team where he has been for the last 10 seasons.
NIKOLAJ EHLERS: No. 13-ranked North American Skater
Heinz Ehlers, the father of Nikolaj, was drafted 188th overall by the New York Rangers in 1984.
SHANE GERSICH: No. 132-ranked North American Skater
Shane’s uncle’s Neal and Aaron Broten were both drafted into the NHL. Neal was selected 42nd overall by Minnesota in 1979 and was a member of the U.S. “Miracle of Ice” gold medal team in 1980 while Aaron was drafted by Colorado in 1980.
AUGUST GUNNARSSON: No. 99-ranked European Skater
August’s brother, Carl, was drafted in 2007 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ANTON KARLSSON: No. 11-ranked North American Skater
His brother, Erik, was selected 99th overall in 2012 by the Carolina Hurricanes.
BRENDAN LEMIEUX: No. 28-ranked North American Skater
Brendan’s father, Claude, is a four-time Stanley Cup champion and 1995 Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Claude Lemiuex recorded 786 points in 1,215 career regular-season games and added 157 more in 234 career playoff games as a member of the Canadiens, Devils, Avalanche, Coyotes, Stars and Sharks.
RYAN MACINNIS: No. 20-ranked North American Skater
Al MacInnis, father of Ryan, is a Hall of Fame defenseman who spent 23 seasons in the NHL with the Blues and Flames. Al earned a Stanley Cup and seven All-Star appearances in his NHL career.
WILLIAM NYLANDER: No. 2-ranked European Skater
Michal Nylander, William’s father, played in 920 NHL games where he registered 209 goals and 470 assists.
ALEXANDER PETER: No. 56-ranked North American Skater
Justin Peters, brother of Alexander, appeared in 21 games with the Hurricanes last season and was drafted by the club 38th overall in 2004.
JOHN QUENNEVILLE: No. 23-ranked North American Skater.
John has more than one connection when it comes to family members in the NHL. His cloest connection is his brother Peter, who was selected in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. His second cousin Joel is the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and his uncle (by marriage) is defenseman Johnny Boychuk of the Boston Bruins.
SAM REINHART: No. 3-ranked North American Skater
Sam is the third Reinhart son expected to be drafted into the NHL, following in the footsteps of Dad, Paul, who was selected 12th overall by the Atlanta Flames. Sam’s brother Max was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2010 while brother Griffin was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2012.
NICHOLAS RITCHIE: No. 7-ranked North American Skater
Brett Ritchie, brother of Nicholas, was selected by the Dallas Stars 44th overall in 2011 and won a Calder Cup with the team’s AHL affiliate, Texas Stars, last season.