Mon Jun 21 05:28pm EDT
The NHL draft exists to eventually make you feel ancient; like, poach some eggs, watch the Hallmark Channel and complain that your kids never call you unless it's for a loan-level of old.
I'm 33. Tyler Seguin, expected to be a top-2 pick in this year's draft, was born in 1992. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" came out in 1991. I saw it at a drive-in theater; a form of movie-going that is now so arcane that there were roughly 383 theaters left as of 2008, when Seguin was around the same age I was when I saw "T2."
I'm basically reaching for a walker and calcium supplements as I wrap my brain around that timeline.
But we all have these moments, or we eventually will, when it comes to the draft. Like seeing the son or nephew of an NHL player we vividly recall watching in the league get drafted. For me, that was Landon Ferarro last year, taken by the Detroit Red Wings; not only did I recall seeing his father Chicken Parm play for the Islanders and Whalers, but he was a fixture on "NHL2Nite" during the ESPN days, too. It was a little surreal.
Like any draft, there are a handful of legacies in the Class of 2010, with some expected to go rather high during Friday and Saturday's festivities. Which ones make you feel like you should grab the early bird special at Denny's?
Via the NHL, here are some of the famous relations in the 2010 Draft:
Brock Beukeboom: The son of former New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom, Brock played for Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL and is ranked No. 41 entering the draft. (Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk is also his father's cousin.) There's a realistic shot either the Oilers or Rangers could snag him in the second round, which is a rarity for father/son duos.
Curtis Hamilton: He's a power left-winger from the Saskatoon Blades whose father, Bruce, was selected by the St. Louis Blues No. 81 overall in 1977. Bruce Hamilton's now the owner and GM of the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.
Jarred Tinordi: Another legacy name that brings with it an automatic cache and connotation. He's a 6-6 defenseman that's headed to Notre Dame next season, and he's the son of 12-year NHL veteran Mark Tinordi of the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals. He's projected to be a second-rounder, and wears No. 24 in honor of his bruising daddy.
Nick Bjugstad: The Mr. Hockey Award-winning center from Blain, Minn., had an uncle, Scott Bjugstad, who played nine NHL seasons between 1982-83 and 1991-92 with the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings. Bjugstad, a high-school player, is ranked 13th overall entering the draft.
Julian Melchiori: Attention all conspiracy theorists! The U-Mass Lowell defenseman, ranked No. 46 overall entering the draft, is the nephew of Mike Murphy(notes), senior vice president of NHL hockey operations who played 12 NHL seasons with the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers and (as any Canucks fan can tell you) the Los Angeles Kings.
Brock Nelson: Ranked No. 25 entering the draft, Nelson's got quite the lineage. His uncle is Dave Christian (right), who played over 1,000 games in the NHL and was a member of the Miracle on Ice team in 1980. His grandfather, Billy Christian, and his great uncle, Roger Christian, played in the 1960 USA men's hockey team that won gold. We're guessing his house has some pretty decent memorabilia in the rec room.
Tyler Pitlick: While it's nearly impossible to topple Beukeboom from atop the "greatest NHL legacy names" rankings this year, the nephew of former Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers defenseman Lance Pitlick is a contender. A center, he's projected to be a low first-rounder.
Max Gardiner: A prep player in Minnesota, his older brother Jake was taken No. 17 overall in 2008 by the Anaheim Ducks and then won gold at the 2010 World Juniors for the U.S. Gardiner's projected to be a second-round pick.
Calvin Pickard: The highly regarded goalie prospect from the WHL saw his brother, Chet Pickard(notes), drafted No. 18 overall by the Nashville Predators in 2008; he's currently playing down with Milwaukee in the AHL.
Bradley Ross: He goes by Brad, and judging from his Hockey Fights page, we'll go by whatever he tells us to go by. His brother, Nick Ross(notes), was taken No. 30 overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007 and played in the AHL last season.
Connor Brickley: The Des Moines Buccaneer is expected to be the first USHL forward selected in the draft. His second cousin is the pugnacious Andy Brickley, who played in the NHL from 1983-1994 and now puts up with Jack Edwards' shtick while broadcasting Boston Bruins games. Connor's father, Craig, was drafted No. 207 overall in 1974 by the Los Angeles Kings.
Charlie Coyle: Coyle, who'll be a freshman forward at Boston University next season, is the cousin of former NHL players Tony Amonte (another BU player) and Bobby Sheehan, who was taken No. 32 overall in 1969 by the Montreal Canadiens and played 310 games in the NHL. Coyle's expected to be a late first-round, early second-round pick.
Kevin Hayes: The Boston College forward is a second cousin of both Keith Tkachuk(notes) and Tom Fitzgerald. His brother, Jimmy Hayes, was taken No. 60 overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008. If we see him at the draft, we'll ask: Does he call Tkachuk "Cousin Walt?"
Thanks to the NHL for the help. Any that we missed?