Sunday, 24 June 2012

Seaman Singing the Blues

Tyrel Seaman
The St. Louis Blues are Tyrel Seaman's new favourite NHL team.

Seaman was chosen by the Blues in the seventh round of the NHL Draft on Saturday, 206th overall.

"I was just sitting there watching, and the remaining emtry blanks list just kept getting smaller and smaller," said Seaman on Sunday, "I was starting to get nervous near the end, but when my names popped up there, I was really excited."

Seaman was six picks away from being the Mr. Irrelevant of the 2012 draft (the last pick of the draft) but feels excited about the opportunities being a drafted player will bring.

"It's really good. You have your camp that you go to, there's no guesswork or anything," said Seaman, "You get to go there and show them what you can do, and they'll have a good look at you."

Seaman's selection means the Wheat Kings have had at least one player chosen in the NHL Draft for eight straight years, the third longest streak in the WHL behind Red Deer (20) and Vancouver (11).

The next step for Seaman will be attending his first professional training camp, something he's looking forward to.

"You'll get to see the level those guys are at, and what you have to do and work on in order to compete at the level they're playing at," added Seaman, who had six goals and 19 points in 32 games last season, "It'll be really good to get out there and get exposed to that calibre of hockey."

Chaff...the Schenn brothers were re-united on the weekend when Toronto dealt defenceman Luke Schenn to Philadelphia for forward James van Riemsdyk. Luke joins younger brother and former Wheat Kings' co-captain Brayden Schenn on the Flyers...a total of 32 WHL players were chosen in the NHL Draft including five of the first eight picks in the first round on Friday night.

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