Bradley Ross, drafted in the second round by the Toronto Maple Leafs, shakes hands with team personnel during day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Photograph by: Dave Sandford, Getty
LOS ANGELES — The Edmonton Oilers opened Round 2 of the National Hockey League’s entry draft Saturday by dipping into familiar hockey territory.
The Oilers selected centre Tyler Pitlick of Minnesota State with the 31st pick on Saturday morning at Staples Center — he’s the nephew of former NHL crashing defender Lance Pitlick.
There were a number of connections to NHL players of the past in the early stages of Round 2.
Three picks after Pitlick, the Columbus Blue Jackets selected winger Dalton Smith of the Ottawa 67’s. Considered one of the tougher players in the draft, Smith’s father is former NHLer Derrick Smith, who played 10 seasons — mostly with the Philadelphia Flyers.
With pick No. 40, the New York Rangers nabbed right-winger Christian Thomas of the Oshawa Generals.
Thomas’s father is Steve Thomas, who played 20 NHL seasons and scored 421 goals, including a 42-goal effort with the 1993-94 New York Islanders.
Meantime, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke finally put his team into play by trading for the 43rd pick. Burke, who traded the Leafs first- and second-round picks in the Phil Kessel deal, sent right-winger Jimmy Hayes to Chicago for pick No. 43, which he used to take forward Brad Ross of the Portland Winter Hawks.
Ross is considered a Steve Ott clone and picked up 27 goals and 203 penalty minutes in 71 games this past season. Ross played on a line this season with first-round picks Ryan Johansen (No. 4) and Nino Niederreiter (No. 5).
More NHL connections tipped off Round 3.
Tampa used the 63rd overall pick to grab Sault Ste. Marie defenceman Brock Beukeboom, the son of Jeff Beukeboom — a physical blue-liner who won Stanley Cups in Edmonton and with the Rangers.
The Calgary Flames, without a first- or second-round pick, stayed close to home, taking Max Reinhart, the son of former Flames all-star defenceman Paul Reinhart with the 64th pick overall. The centre played with the Kootenay Ice this past season and had 21 goals and 51 points in 72 games.
Calgary kept the bloodline theme percolating in the fourth round by selecting John Ramage out of the University of Wisconsin with the 103rd pick. Ramage’s father Rob was also a defenceman and a key part of the Flames’ Stanley Cup winning club of 1988-89.
Rob was also the first overall pick in the 1979 NHL entry draft.
The fifth round was highlighted by another Maple Leafs trade. The Leafs acquired tough winger Mike Brown from Anaheim for their fifth-round pick. Brown, 25, had six goals and 106 penalty minutes in 2009-10 for the Ducks.
The draft concluded without any deals of great significance being made.
Defenceman Bobby Sanguinetti, selected 21st overall in the 2006 draft, was shipped by the Rangers to the Carolina Hurricanes for a second- and a sixth-round pick. The Hurricanes also picked up centre Riley Nash from Edmonton for a second-round draft pick and acquired centre Jonathan Matsumoto from Philadelphia for a seventh-round pick.
Calgary traded its sixth-round pick to San Jose for goalie Henrik Karlsson.
At the conclusion of the draft, Boston announced it had landed unsigned draft choice defenceman David Warsofsky from St. Louis for forward Vladimir Sobotka.
In total, 210 players were picked this year. Canada led the way with 99 players selected followed by the U.S. with 59, then Sweden with 20.
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