Yesterday I reported that Anton Gustafsson, son of Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, and Viktor Tikhonov, grandson of the Russian coaching legend of the same name, were drafted in the first round by Washington (24th) and Phoenix (28th), respectively.
Earlier in the draft Alex Pietrangelo, nephew of former Pittsburgh goalie Frank Pietrangelo, went 4th to St. Louis. Also, Colin Wilson, the American born son of Canadian Olympian Carey Wilson, went 7th to Nashville.
Day two of the draft saw some more relatives of legends drafted:
#33 - Phil McRae, St. Louis - son of former tough guy Basil McRae
#47 - Maxime Sauve, Boston - Son of JF Sauve, Nephew of Bob Sauve
#49 - Jared Staal, Phoenix - brother of Eric, Marc and Jordan Staal.
#66 - David Toews, NY Islanders - brother of Jonathan Toews
#97 - Jamie Arniel, Boston - nephew of Scott Arniel
#159 - Brett Hextall, Phoenix - son of Ron Hextall
Brett Theberge, great grandson of Hall of Famer Dit Clapper was not drafted.
By picking Tikhonov, Staal and Hextall, does Phoenix believe in the great pedigree theory? I think it is probably more coincidence. Tikhonov and Hextall are both older players, having been passed over in the previous two drafts. I think the Coyotes may have been looking to restock their farm system sooner rather than later.
Wow!! 4 generations of Hextalls!!
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