Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Hawryluk Enjoyed Draft Process

Wheat Kings' F Jayce Hawryluk stopped by
the CKLQ Studio earlier this week to talk
about the NHL Draft.
  A year-long process will come to an end this weekend for many of the players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, including Roblin product and Brandon Wheat Kings' forward Jayce Hawryluk.

  The prospects are evaluated, interviews and researched thoroughly by NHL teams, particularly those that are expected to be chosen highly on Friday and Saturday.

  "It's a learning process, and you just take it day-by-day.  It wa fun, going through the combine and the Under-18's," said Hawryluk, "It's been real busy since the end of the season and I've enjoyed it, but now I'm ready for draft day."

  Hawryluk and Brandon teammate John Quenneville are both projected to be second round picks in the draft, meaning they'll likely be chosen early Saturday -- with the first round to be conducted on Friday night in Philadelphia.

  "It makes it a lot easier," said Hawryluk about going through the draft process with Quenneville, "John and I talk about this...he's basically my brother and when he gets drafted, I might be more excited than when I get drafted.  We're excited for each other and to be able to share this experience together is awesome."

  Both Hawryluk and Quenneville will be in Philadelphia for the draft, with both players expected to be interviewed by several NHL teams Thursday, ahead of the event.

  As far as sitting in the stands at the Wells Fargo Center waiting for his name to be called Saturday, Hawryluk says he can imagine the feeling.

  "Every pick that comes on the board, you'll be like 'c'mon please be me, please be me'," added Hawryluk, "It's nerve-racking but I'm sure when you do get your named called, it'll be a feeling you'll never forget."

  Several other Wheat Kings are possibilities to be drafted, including import forwards Richard Nejezchleb and Rihards Bukarts and goaltender Jordan Papirny.

  The last time the Wheat Kings had more than two players chosen in the same year was 2003.

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