Sunday, June 24, 2012
Three Rockets hear their names called at draft
It was the weight of the world lifted off of their shoulders.
After months and months of being in the spotlight of NHL scouts dissecting their every move, Kelowna Rockets Colton Sissons and Damon Severson can relax.
The two found themselves in Pittsburgh this weekend for the NHL Draft, and in the end, both were selected in the second round by teams that will hopefully make their NHL dreams a reality.
Sissons was taken 50th overall by Nashville while Severson was taken ten picks later by the New Jersey Devils. The Predators struck gold the last time they selected a member of the Rockets organization when they picked Shea Weber in the second round in the 2003 draft. The Devils don't often look at Western Hockey League players as building blocks, but see Severson as a puck carrying defenceman with a heavy shot. The last time the Devils selected a Rockets player was way back in 1996 when they shook the dice on tough guy Scott Parker. Parker wasn't offered a contract by the Devils, went back into the draft, where he was nabbed by the Colorado Avalanche in first round in 1998.
While Sissons and Severson were guaranteed to be picked this weekend after taking part in the CHL Top Prospects Game and the NHL Combine, 18 year-old Ryan Olsen was nabbed in the 6th round by the Winnipeg Jets.
Olsen has yet to play a game with the Rockets after being acquired from the Saskatoon Blades in May in the Shane McColgan trade.
While draft day put a smile on the face of Sissons, Severson and Olsen, the same can't be said for Tyrell Goulbourne and Colton Heffley. Neither Rockets forward heard their name called in Pittsburgh and must now hope to earn a tryout with an NHL team or be selected in next years draft in New Jersey.
While nothing is a guarantee, you can bet another Kelowna Rockets player will proudly pull an NHL sweater over his head 12 months from now.
Seventeen year-old defenceman Madison Bowey is projected to be a first round selection next June.