67's hockey with bite sits well with Sharks

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

One of the best 67's defencemen of all-time drafted a couple of 67's defencemen yesterday.

Just down the Rideau Canal from where he starred for Brian Kilrea's team in the mid-70s, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson selected Derek Joslin and Wil Colbert in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.

Colbert, who gained the distinction of being the only 67's player ever drafted by the Senators in 2003, re-entered the system when he was not signed before last week's deadline.

"Brian and (67's owner) Jeff (Hunt) owe us a couple of drinks," Wilson joked as he left the Westin yesterday with Tim Burke, the Sharks' director of amateur scouting.

While Wilson was a fixture at the Kilrea house when he played here, he said the relationship wasn't an overriding factor in his decisions to take Joslin and Colbert.

"Guys have to be judged on their own merit," said Wilson. "When you come from a program like this, and have a coach like Kilrea, and then the added bonus of gaining Memorial Cup experience ... it all helps. But it's not going to be the reason you take a guy.

"At the same time, to have a couple of Ottawa 67's, especially defenceman, in our organization, it's about time."

Burke said Sharks scouts saw a lot of the 67's while monitoring the progress of forward Lukas Kaspar, a first-round San Jose selection in 2004.

ORIGINALLY A SENS PICK

Picked 228th by the Senators two years ago, Colbert was selected 183rd overall yesterday.

"He kept improving this season," Burke said.

Joslin, who was rated 106th by Central Scouting and 99th in the Hockey News' pre-draft publication, wound up going 149th yesterday. Little did teams realize that during the Memorial Cup he played with a broken wrist.

BATTOCHIO NOT DRAFTED

"We knew he was hurt but nobody said to what degree," said Burke. "He needs some work but he's a pretty good all-round player."

67's playoff hero Danny Battochio did not get drafted but is expected to get a free-agent tryout offer or two, as will winger Chris Hulit.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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