Leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30, the Rampage will revisit the draft memories of several players recently selected by the Florida Panthers.
See below as goaltender Jacob Markstrom discusses his memories of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft held at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.
Selected in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted from the Swedish Hockey League’s Brynas, IF
What are some of your memories of the draft?
Obviously it’s a big day, especially when you are ranked high. My draft was in Ottawa and the building was packed with fans for the draft. That was my first real taste of North American hockey. I knew the NHL was big, but I wasn’t expecting that many fans to show up for the draft. My family was able to make the trip from Sweden to be there with me. Having them there made it very special.
How tough is it to sit there and wait for your name to get called?
It was a big relief when I finally heard my name called. The first round went about four or five hours and I was hoping to get picked somewhere in there. Unfortunately I didn’t get picked on that first day in the first round, so I was a little disappointed.
But then you were the first selection in the second round…
Yea, I remember I was a little disappointed that first night and I didn’t get a lot of sleep. But I came back the next day for the second round and I was actually the first player selected. So I waited around all the time on the first day and then the second day I was drafted right way. I was really happy to be picked by the Panthers and just to be part of an NHL team. It was a great feeling.
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