On Sunday night, as the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft was winding down, TSN's cameras scanned the stands at the Prudential Centre in Newark, N.J., catching the faces of a number of young men nervously waiting to hear if their names would be called in the last 30 or 40 picks of the seven-round draft.
One of those anxious visages belonged St. John's native Kurt Etchegary, who attended the draft with a number of family members.
Unfortunately, the 18-year-old Etchegary's name was not one of the 211 called out Sunday.
Etchegary, a centre for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts, was the only Newfoundlander ranked by NHL Central Scouting for the draft. He had been rated 72nd overall among North American skaters, but while many players seeded much lower than that were selected Sunday, Etchegary was left to deal with disappointment.
Perhaps teams were scared off by his medical history, since the 5-11, 185-pounder missed three months of last season as he recovered from two athroscopic surgeries to repair hip joints. When he returned to action, Etchegary performed well, as he had 25 points, including nine goals, in 31 games. He also added eight points (two goals, six assists) in 10 playoff games.
However, the fact he wasn't chosen Sunday doesn't end Etchegary's pro chances. In fact, on Monday night, Etchegary (@etch19) tweeted that he will be going to camp with the Detroit Red Wings.
A number of reports Sunday night had Etchegary getting an invitation to the summer development camp of the Colorado Avalanche, whose new coach just happens to be Patrick Roy, who had been Etchegary's coach the last two years with the Remparts. Roy later told reporters he did extend Etchegary an invitation to an Avalanche camp, all the while noting that the Colorado organization was deep at centre.