Ottawa talent make their mark at draft

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Killer was thrilled with the results of the NHL entry draft.

67's GM/coach Brian Kilrea wore a wide smile as he enjoyed a post-draft stogie late Saturday night at GM Place.

Kilrea was pleased to see 67's left winger Jamie McGinn taken in the second round by the San Jose Sharks.

And he was even more pleased that Sharks GM Doug Wilson -- a former 67's star -- traded to make the pick.

"I spoke with Doug Wilson and he told me he wasn't leaving the draft without Jamie McGinn," Kilrea said. "It was a great to see an ex-67 take a 67 in the draft. I mean, how good is that?

"I thought it was really nice and I was really happy that it happened for McGinn. He's going to get a good chance with the Sharks."

McGinn wasn't the only local product taken in the seven-round draft.

Gatineau's Derick Brassard of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs was drafted sixth overall by Columbus -- a selection that pleased Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean to no end.

HIGH HOPES

"I was going to move up to get No. 2 or No. 3 in the draft because I wasn't sure Brassard was going to be there at No. 6, and he was the guy that we liked all along," MacLean said of the 6-foot, 180-lb. forward who scored 44 goals last season.

Winger Claude Giroux, who played for the Gatineau Olympiques last season after showing up at camp on a tryout, was selected No. 22 overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.

The local hopeful who had the longest wait was Kingston defenceman Ben Schutron.

The Ottawa native was ranked No. 16 in North America by Central Scouting, but he wasn't selected until the Chicago Blackhawks took him with the 95th-overall pick.


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