When the NHL decided to feature the audio and visual reactions of Windsor defenseman Cam Fowler during the first round of the 2010 entry draft, it was no doubt to capture his elation at being taken in the Top 5, where he had been projected for weeks.
After five picks, Fowler was still there. Then six. Then seven, as the Carolina Hurricanes went with center Jeff Skinner. Atlanta went for the Russian from Barrie. The Minnesota Wild went for the guy from Finland. Then came the punch in the gut: The New York Rangers went defense, and that defenseman was Dylan McIlrath, whom Jeff Marek from CBC had going at No. 22.
Finally, after the Dallas Stars took goalie Jack Campbell at No. 11, Fowler could finally exhale in relief rather than exasperation: The Anaheim Ducks selected him at No. 12, anywhere from eight-to-six picks lower than had been predicted by the majority of pundits.
Because of that unanticipated drop, this NHL video is a must-see for Fowler's increasing frustration-turning-into-depression; but also for the fly-on-the-wall moments of advice from former scout and general manager Craig Button, who told Fowler about other NHL stars drafted late in the first round, and chatter on stage with Ducks management and Gary Bettman.
Naturally, the kid finally gets drafted and is serenaded with boos from the Los Angeles Kings loyalists in the crowd because he's a Duck. Check out our coverage of Fowler's post-draft interviews, if you haven't seen it.