UPDATE: Etchegary goes undrafted, but will attend Red Wings' camp

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Kurt Etchegary

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.

"Very excited to be invited and will attend the  Training Camp ," read the tweet.

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. 

Organizations: National Hockey League Entry Draft, Prudential Centre, North American Colorado Avalanche

Geographic location: Newark, N.J., St. John's

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  • david
    July 01, 2013 - 14:25

    Ranked 72nd....among North Americans. So take that down by at least 40 or 50 more spots of available talent in the draft, and then consider the hip surgeries.....he really should have stayed home with friends and family.

  • darren
    July 01, 2013 - 12:01

    I feel bad for the kid, but why put yourself in that situation? After Carl English's debacle and what Don Cherry has been saying for years, you think people would learn. That being said, hang in there Kurt....you will get there just might take you the long route.

  • Whaddaya At
    July 01, 2013 - 08:40

    18 years old, hasn't played with the big boys yet and he's already had two hip surgeries ?. That's obviously why he wasn't picked out of 231 even though he was rated 72nd overall. As for attending the draft with family members, Don Cherry is right when he advises these young players, for obvious reasons, not to do that.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2013 - 07:34

    What has Don Cherry been saying the last 20 years? If you're not rated in the first 2 rounds, don't go.