With the National Hockey League Draft now in the rearview mirror, NHL clubs are sharing the excitement about new prospects with their fans.
Just hours after the Vancouver Canucks selected Brock Boeser, writers for the team website were on the phone with Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O’Handley to ask about him. O’Handley told them what Black Hawks fans already know: “He is a great kid. He is humble, he has a little bit of swagger to him in the right way. He is funny and he cares.”
Saturday morning, it was Tom Novak’s turn. With the 85th overall pick, the University of Minnesota recruit was put on a trajectory toward Nashville. After becoming the third Black Hawk drafted by the Predators (Craig Smith, Zach Stepan), he will eventually have the opportunity to become the third (or fourth, Stepan is currently a junior at Minnesota State-Mankato) Black Hawk to take the ice for the franchise (Smith, Mark Eaton).
A stay in Waterloo last season was one of many reasons Nashville’s North American Amateur Scout David Westby liked Novak: “He is coming from a good program and a good coach who has been there for many years and really helps develop kids. I feel very comfortable taking Novak or any other player from that program.”
Black Hawks fans haven’t seen David Cotton yet, but the incoming Waterloo forward whipped up a storm of enthusiasm in the Carolina Hurricanes organization.
According to Carolina’s Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald: “He’s a big guy who skates very well. His skill level is very impressive, and he put up pretty good numbers.”