PHILADELPHIA – Familiar names came off the NHL draft board during both days of the selection process. Sons, cousins, and other relatives of hockey players past were chosen in droves.
“It’s his career,” four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux said of his son, Brendan, who went to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday with the first pick of the second round. “It’s time to step outside my shadow and go play and be himself.”
Three other sons were chosen on Saturday during rounds 2-7 by teams for which their fathers played: Boston picked Ryan Donato (Ted) No. 56 in the second round, Carolina selected Josh Wesley (Glen) with the 96th choice in the fourth round, and Daniel Audette (Donald) went to Montreal in the fifth round with pick No. 147.