That must have been a bit of a surreal moment for the Nanne family, stationed in a suite above the lower bowl; seeing their son/brother/cousin/grandson out there participating amongst some of the highest end prospects in the World, as a member of the Minnesota Wild organization- Louie Nanne was Minnesota's Seventh Round Pick in the last Entry Draft. A proud moment, no doubt, for those involved.
And he gets booed.
|I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M MAD ABOUT|
If there is anything to be miffed about, its that Marty Nanne admitted that they didn't take the highest rated player on their list- a tremendous guffaw considering that it goes against the time honored cliche of "taking the best player available." However, we also need to keep in mind the curious nature of the late rounds of the NHL Draft. Tampa Bay took David Carle in the 7th Round of the 2008 Draft, despite Carle telling teams that he will never play competitive hockey again due to a heart condition. Philadelphia took Derek Mathers in the 6th Round last year after the Peterborough Front Office called Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the Draft Floor and lobbied for him to select Mathers. Legend has it that Defenseman Pavel Kubina was picked by Tampa Bay because he was the "Czech kid with the giant head at the U-18's." Florida tried to draft Alex Ovechkin late in 2003 because then GM Rick Dudley argued that leap years made him eligible that year, despite his birthday being two days past the cut off.
Buffalo drafted a player out of Japan that never existed for christ's sake.
I saw it last year; once the 5th round hits, that's when you see staffs begin to get a little squirrely. GM's will wander around the floor and schmooze with media and fans. The process, which essentially is a year long in the making, wears thin late on the second day, and sometimes you get some zany results. Maybe that's what the Nanne pick is- nothing political, token, or nepotist about it, but that maybe it makes for a nice story. Something fun, but within the confines of the ideologies set forth by Brent Flahr's staff. A perfect storm if you will.
Louie Nanne didn't asked to be drafted by Minnesota, in fact he asked not to be. He didn't ask to be Marty Nanne's son, just as Marty probably didn't ask to be Lou Nanne's son. That being said, he's earned what he's gotten. His last name didn't get him into Select tournaments growing up, or in the Hlinka Memorial Tournament last Summer. Things like this did.
So why should he get all this spite and vitriole when he hasn't asked for it?