PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Troy Bourke, 72nd overall pick by the Colorado Avalanche, poses for a portrait during Day Two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Jordan Stall is ready for something new.
It’s been an unforgettable weekend for Jordan Staal. First a new bride, then a new team with his older brother.
After Staal turned down Pittsburgh’s offer of a 10-year contract extension earlier in the week, the Penguins pulled off the biggest blockbuster at the NHL draft Friday night when they dealt him for center Brandon Sutter, defenceman Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 pick.
"I don’t think we knew when we were planning our wedding date that it was on the draft day and something like that would happen, but that’s the way it goes sometimes," Staal said Saturday during an impromptu conference call with reporters.
McGinn was the big surprise. Rated 49th amongst North American skaters by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, he was rated behind Richard and Kosmachuk. A wrist injury that kept him out of the lineup for weeks last season didn’t help.
But strong bloodlines (one of his brothers plays for the Colorado Avalanche, another brother is in the Philadelphia Flyers system) and some strong connections between the Hurricanes and Storm coach Scott Walker and general manager Mike Kelly likely helped.McGinn didn’t even make the trip to Pittsburgh for the seven-round draft.
For some siblings this causes rivalries.
Malcolm Subban could not stop smiling, could not stop laughing.
"The rivalry’s just about to begin," joked Subban, an athletic goaltender who played for the Belleville Bulls. "I don’t know if he’s going to like me too much. But to be honest I never liked him that much."
Cheryl here...for those of you in Twitterville, here are the verified accounts for our new prospects. Troy Bourke currently does not have a verified Twitter account. Also, Dillon Donnelly has changed his username (unfortunately because I loved @notappguy). His new account is @D_Donnelly2.
Mitchell Heard @heardy15
Michael Clarke @mclarke19
Joseph Blandisi @_themagicbullet
Colin Smith @cottonball93