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Day 2 of the Draft

A lot of eyebrows were probably raised when the New York Islanders selected Aaron Ness at 40th overall in the second round of the draft, after Garth Snow's comments about coach Don Lucia's coaching abilities last winter. I think that if anything, this move goes to prove that Okposo's departure last year was orchestrated by Okposo and his advisor more than the Islanders desperate desire to sign Okposo.

After a slow first round, 10 future college players were taken in the second round of the draft.

One of those players taken in the second round was Ohio State recruit Zac Dalpe. Unfortunately, he was taken by the Carolina Hurricanes. Dalpe said he was committed to Ohio State and not the OHL, but left a little bit of an opening, saying it would depend on what the team that drafted him wanted him to do. The Hurricanes and Whalers are both owned by Peter Karmanos, so I think it would be safe to say the 'Canes would want him playing in Plymouth.

Anaheim had three picks early in the second round and picked a nice trio of players in Nicolas Deschamps(Pieree McGuire just squealed like a little girl), Eric O'Dell, who originally committed to St. Cloud before signing with the OHL this past year, and Justin Schultz, a talented puck-mover that is going to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is having the best Draft Day(s) of any college program with Jake Gardiner selected 17th, Peter Wiercioch and Justin Schultz selected back-to-back at 42 and 43 respectively, Derek Stepan selected at 51

Michigan is following close behind with every member of their recruiting class being selected with Brandon Burlon at 51, Robbie Czarnik at 63, Greg Pateryn at 128, and David Wohlberg at 172.

Brad Schlossman kept track of all the future college players on his site.

Mark Olver of Northern Michigan, born on January 1st, 1988, which is the oldest a player can be and still get drafted, was taken in the 5th round by Colorado.