Georges Laraque: My NHL Draft Day Experience

For a young player dreaming of reaching the NHL, one of the biggest steps to achieving that goal is getting picked by a team, and I’ll never forget my draft experience in 1995.

I was projected to be picked late in the first round or early in the second, but the draft is an unpredictable beast. Sometimes what’s expected and what actually happens are two very different things. And, until your name is called, you’re a mess of emotions. We’ve all seen the players who were supposed to be drafted, waiting patiently for their name to be called, with their family sitting by their side, only to never be selected. That must be an awful feeling.