Here we are at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. STAPLES Center has been slowly filling up for the past two hours and I’m in the media pit witnessing first-hand the wheeling and dealing of the day.
This will be a sort of open forum for those who can tear themselves away from the TV for a second or two, which I will be updating every so often.
Update [3:50pm]: Resounding BOOOOs from the rafters on hearing the words “Anaheim Ducks.”
Update [3:59pm]: Luc Robitaille and Dustin Brown at the podium to welcome the players to LA.
Update [4:06pm]: How’s the coverage on TV? We’re watching packages on the big screen in the arena. LOUD “Let’s go Oilers” chant going on near the stage.
Update [4:15pm]: Commissioner Gary Bettman stated that this is the first NHL Entry Draft in the state of California. Thank god for Los Angeles getting first in something.
Update [4:19pm]: It’s official: Taylor Hall goes number 1 overall.
Update [4:46pm]: Want to know what it’s like on the floor of STAPLES? Not too much of a difference than when you’re at home. Kinda true, kinda not.
Update [5:09pm]: Kings table on the floor looks like it’s just hanging out.
Update [5:11pm]: Scratch that. Dean Lombardi is on the phone. Could be something, could be nothing.
Update [5:29pm]: Ryan Johansen in front.
Update [6:11pm]: Kings select Derek Forbort. With video! Taken with my shakey hand; hopefully the audio works out for you guys. Best I could do while in a cramped position.