Friday, June 20, 2008

Ducks take Gardiner #17th overal. Goloubef will have to wait until day 2.

The Anaheim Ducks just drafted Minnetonka, MN defenseman Jake Gardiner #17th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft. Gardiner will be a freshman for the Wisconsin Badgers this fall.

Last winter I lived in Minneapolis and was friends with a scout from the Des Moines Buccaneers. One day we got talking about Jake Gardiner when we found out that Wisconsin had become interested in him. This was in the time that Gardiner was making the decision on if he was going to be a full time defenseman or forward. This scout told me that if Gardiner decides to become a defenseman and goes to Wisconsin that he will be a first round NHL pick in the 2008 draft. I actually laughed at him when he first said this. I guess he's the one who is laughing now.

Congratulations Jake on being drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft. You deserve it and we can't wait to see you this fall in the Cardinal and White.

Blog update
from Todd Milewski. (The Capital Times)
Blog update from Chris Dilks. (Western College Hockey)

Current Badger defenseman Cody Goloubef was not selected in the first round and will have to wait until tomorrow to find out where he is selected. There was a 50/50 chance that he could go in the first round but it didn't work out. Not a lot of surprises in the first round so far. Only 4 NCAA bound players were selected. Colin Wilson of BU at #7, Joe Colborne of Denver University at #16, Jake Gardiner of Wisconsin at #17, and Daultan Leveille of Michigan State at #29.