TJ Oshie didn’t understand the NHL draft and was watching MTV when he was picked: ‘I didn’t really want to answer the phone’
Professional sports leagues hold drafts at large venues and they are gigantic productions on TV. Well-dressed players and their families pack into seats while fans cheer or boo picks.
But back during TJ Oshie’s NHL Draft, things weren’t like that. In 2005, the draft was held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa since the NHL lockout was still ongoing. The event was not public for the first time since 1980. Only the 20 highest prospects on the NHL Central Scouting rankings were present. Oshie that year was selected in the first round, 24th overall by the St. Louis Blues.
With this year’s NHL Draft unlikely to happen publicly, Oshie was asked by reporters what his experience was like.
His story is absurd.