It's all in the hockey genes

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

COLUMBUS -- It was the NHL's version of All in The Family, minus Archie Bunker.

Draft Weekend 2007 featured a remarkable gaggle of prospects whose strong hockey blood lines were front and centre at Nationwide Arena.

Sam Gagner, son of former NHLer Dave Gagner, kicked off the proceedings when he was selected sixth overall by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

Colton Gillies, nephew of ex-Islander Clark Gillies, was taken 14th by the Minnesota Wild, while Logan MacMillan, son of former Atlanta Flame Bob MacMillan, went three spots later to Anaheim.

The family trend continued yesterday.

Maxime Tanguay, brother of the Calgary Flames' Alex, was a third-round selection (69th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the fourth round, former Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive must have been grinning from ear to ear when son Justin Vaive was selected 92nd overall by the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

The Islanders snapped up Blake Kessel, brother of the Boston Bruins' Phil Kessel, at No. 166, while the St. Louis Blues took Trevor Nill, son of Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill, with the 190th selection.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly acknowledged yesterday that the handlers of Oshawa Generals superstar John Tavares have approached the league about allowing their client to be eligible for the 2008 NHL draft, one year earlier than he qualifies.

In the meantime, Tavares' linemate, Brett MacLean, was taken 32nd overall by the Phoenix Coyotes. MacLean scored 47 goals this past season

"I want to show that I'm a good player on my own," MacLean said.

BY THE NUMBERS

A record 63 Americans were selected or 30% of the total players picked. That broke the previous mark of 28.2% set last year. Canada led all countries with 102 players, 37 from the Western Hockey League, 35 from the Ontario Hockey League and 25 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.


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