5 Saint John Sea Dogs drafted to NHL
The Saint John Sea Dogs may be down some players as five of their own have been drafted to the NHL, and another four are among the prospects.
Jonathan Huberdeau was called third during the first round of the NHL entry draft.
"I was not thinking about anything. To hear my name was a great feeling for me," he said.
The Florida Panthers picked Huberdeau, who plays centre for the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Saint John defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was picked by the Montreal Canadiens and centre Zack Phillips was picked by Minnesota Wild.
Phillips was ranked 15th overall going in to the draft. He was 28th player to be picked in the first round, out of 30.
"You get nervous when it gets past 20, then you get past 25 ... and your heart is pumping pretty fast," said Phillips.
During the second round, the Detroit Red Wings chose the Sea Dogs' Tomas Jurco.
With their sixth round pick, 162nd overall, the St. Louis Blues chose fourth line centre Ryan Tesink,
Four more players are still among the prospects.
"We'll keep our fingers crossed, and if they do go on to NHL this year, we'll be proud of them and that's what we're here for," he said.
Long said he expects all the Sea Dogs' NHL prospects to at least start the season in Saint John.
The next step for the draft picks is to head to training camp to fight for a spot on their teams.