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Devils take Patrick Daly with final pick in '11

Minnesota native will patrol blue line for Wisconsin in the fall

Saturday, 06.25.2011 / 2:52 PM / Draft
By Eric Marin
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ST. PAUL -- For a young hockey player, it's a dream come true to be drafted by an NHL club right in his home state.

For Patrick Daly, however, the realization of that lifelong goal didn't come without some anxious moments. The puck-moving defenseman was the Devils' final selection of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, going in the seventh round, 189th overall on Saturday.

"Your heart kind of sinks a little once you see that seventh round sneak up on you," said the Victoria, Minn., product. "You see local kids that you've grown up with and they get drafted, but once I heard my name, there as nothing but excitement, and the whole process has been nothing but an exciting one."

It was even sweeter because it happened so close to home. Victoria is less than an hour's drive from the Xcel Energy Center, which hosted this year's event.

"The Draft's only here every so often," he said. "It's great to just walk down the stairs and hear your name called. It was an exciting feeling and a whole bunch of emotions just ran through me. But to put on that jersey – especially from the New Jersey Devils – is a great feeling and I'm so honored."

Daly measures 6-0, 180 lbs., and calls Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith as his favorite player. He posted three goals, 37 assists for 40 points in just 27 games with Benilde-St. Margaret's High School, and will attend Wisconsin (WCHA) in the fall.

"It's fun. I'm actually there right now taking summer school and training," said Daly. "The workout program is a whole new step compared to high school. It gives you a whole new definition of hard work."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51