June 14, 2011
The Edmonton Oilers got a TSN documentary chronicling their rebuilding effort. That's what happens when a team has five Stanley Cups. The Ottawa Senators have to DIY, putting up a series of webisodes that include snippets from their interviews with draft prospects at the recent NHL Scouting Combine.
It's assumed the real hot stuff is kept under wraps, notwithstanding a breach in the first episode. The unquestioned scene-pocketer from Episode 2? While he quite possibly will not be available to the Senators if GM Bryan Murray cannot swing a trade to move up from the No. 6 pick, MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP Jonathan Huberdeau killed (4:20 mark in clip below).
Jonathan Huberdeau is the next prospect to grace the episode. Aside from his amber alert mustache, he comes off as a pretty likeable guy who oozes personality. Eventually the conversation comes back to video games and Huberdeau nails it by deadpanning, "I played more last year. This year, I'm more mature." (The 6th Sens)
The other takeaway involves Senators scout Greg Royce discussing how some players come off as a bit too polished and rehearsed while meeting with teams. As a case in point, Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill is shown being asked back for a second meeting.
Still, it's not hard to see why to see Huberdeau is usually to come away a believer in the Saint John Sea Dogs star forward. (And anything you hear about a certain BTN contributor having a picture of her/him interviewing Huberdeau as a Facebook profile picture is a scurrilous rumour. Now please don't look.)
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