COLUMBUS -- Patrick Kane's celebratory entourage will be full.
Too full for an agent to hone in on the party.
Kane, the London Knights star pegged to be chosen among the top few players tonight at the Nationwide Arena, will relish in the coming-out party with his parents and the rest of his family and close friends.
No agent will be part of it.
Unlike the vast majority of those who'll be called to the podium during the NHL Entry Draft in Columbus (NCAA-eligible players can't have agents) Kane still has no representative certified by the NHLPA -- by choice.
"The reason I don't is because when I was a younger kid, these agents would be coming up to the bigger and stronger kids, talking to them and I felt I was kinda left out," Kane explained. "The last couple of years, they started to come around and really hound me.
"I've gotten here by myself and I don't need an agent to represent me now. There are some good guys I'll probably go with in the future and take a hard look at but, as for now, I think I owe it to myself to go it alone."
The 19-year-old from Buffalo, who won the OHL's scoring race with 145 points (62-83-145) in only 58 games, will likely soon sign with an agency but his decision -- taken the right way -- sure gives prospective NHL teams a glimpse into his makeup.
It takes a lot of moxie to turn against the norm in the hockey world. Especially when it's a player who possibly could be chosen first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.
But that chutzpah is a big reason the 5-ft. 10-in., 160-lb., right wing has excelled.
He's had good feedback.
"I've only talked to 15 or so (teams) but everybody's been pretty good to me. They think it's a good decision for me and I'm happy with it," he said.