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Didn't see this made yet here. Might as well post it.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1129566.html

Steven Anthony almost gave up hope that he would be drafted on Saturday but then everything changed at the last minute.

The Vancouver Canucks made a late trade to acquire a seventh-round pick (187th overall) at the NHL draft in Montreal, which they used to select the Halifax native.

"As it’s winding down, you’re just thinking ‘Oh man, there’s only so many picks left’ and it keeps getting less and less," he said. "I was just really fortunate and lucky.

"It was the longest three hours of my life. I was sitting there just hitting refresh, refresh, refresh on the computer. I was eventually refreshing slower as it was winding down but then I got a call from Vancouver telling me they selected me. I didn’t believe it at first but then I refreshed and there it was."

Anthony spent the last two seasons with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, accumulating 62 points in 122 games, including 48 points in 67 games last season. His strongest stretch was in the second half last year when he posted 29 points in 30 games.

The six-foot-two, 195-pound forward was a huge scorer in bantam and midget but is the first to admit he has struggled with consistency in major junior. He feels like that will change now that he’s been picked by an NHL team.

"It definitely gives you a boost of confidence," Anthony said. "I lose confidence here and there sometimes but with this, it’s boosted me back up and it’s making me believe I can be the player I think I can be. It’s just a good feeling. I know it’s going to pass over to my game and to my confidence. I feel like I’ll be playing with the fun I used to play with again."

Anthony is also encouraged the Canucks engineered a trade on the draft floor just so they could get him. They dealt Shaun Heska to the Phoenix Coyotes to get the pick they used on Anthony, who feels like getting his foot in the door with an NHL team will help him get a fresh start.

"I’m looking at it like that, especially (since) Vancouver didn’t have a pick in the last round," Anthony said. "They traded for a seventh-round pick and ended up using it on me. That shows that they do want me. If they pick you, that means that they have interest in you and that’s what matters. This is just so exciting."

Anthony said he had no idea who would pick him but talked about a meeting he had two weeks ago with a Halifax native who scouts for the Canucks.

"I had an interview with Darrell Young two Fridays ago and I guess it went well," Anthony said. "I don’t know if he had anything to do with me being picked but I appreciate whoever it was that (recommended) me.

"Being out in Halifax, you watch a game in Vancouver and it starts at around 12 o’clock at night so you don’t catch many of them. But I know Yann Sauve well because we’re on the same team and he’s a big fan of the team, obviously being drafted by them last year. He has a lot of good things to say about the organization. This just feels so good. I’m speechless."

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lol i like the fact that i'm from down the road from halifax this is great hopefully he'll be on the team when the canucks win the cup lol

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lol i like the fact that i'm from down the road from halifax this is great hopefully he'll be on the team when the canucks win the cup lol
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Where are you from I am from the cape and I watch this guy alot
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sometimes some confidence can help a player immensely. Glad to hear it helped him out and hope he really grows from this.

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sometimes some confidence can help a player immensely. Glad to hear it helped him out and hope he really grows from this.
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Another Cape Bretoner!
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He had all these knocks on him and I think it finally hit him during that what must of been agonizing hours becuase he knows if he would of had a better attitude he wouldn't of been n that spot.

He's seems like a guy with so much potential just didn't have his head in the right spot to be a proffesonal. I really think after being so highly touted when he was midget player then having to relize he may not even get drafted that he had really screwed up royally.

I believe we will see the Anthony of old next season as form his qoutes it seems he feels he has gotten his second chance in hockey.

I'm stoked we may of just gotten one of the biggest steals of the 09 draft.

3 possible steals int his draft Schroeder at 22nd Rodin at 53rd and Anthony at 187th.

MG you are the freaking man

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Thanks for that article...great insight into the mind of a young hockey player.

This pick was nowhere close to a gamble, but could pay off in a huge way down the line.

I like this pick, even if he doesnt make, right now this is a very good pick based on value alone.

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this is potientally a great sleeper pick

work ethic is one thing, but you can't buy talents and skills. There is a reason why this kid was comparable to players such as JT and Crosby. With the right developoment direction, this kid can be a very good 7th pick~

anyone know if he can join the moose in the near future?

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Interesting....Shroeder plays with Patrick White, and Anthony plays with Sauve. I wonder if that had anything to do with the picks. I'm really excited about both of them. Shroeder is the most skilled prospect we've had in awhile (Hodgson was last year, so that doesn't count), and Anthony just needs to try harder (I thing he will now that he's trying to earn a nice contract).

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He had all these knocks on him and I think it finally hit him during that what must of been agonizing hours becuase he knows if he would of had a better attitude he wouldn't of been n that spot.

He's seems like a guy with so much potential just didn't have his head in the right spot to be a proffesonal. I really think after being so highly touted when he was midget player then having to relize he may not even get drafted that he had really screwed up royally.

I believe we will see the Anthony of old next season as form his qoutes it seems he feels he has gotten his second chance in hockey.

I'm stoked we may of just gotten one of the biggest steals of the 09 draft.

3 possible steals int his draft Schroeder at 22nd Rodin at 53rd and Anthony at 187th.

MG you are the freaking man

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People need to remember and I'm stressing this cause I've been repeating myself over in other threads.

Steven Anthony does not have attitude and work ethic problems. If he had work ethic problems, he would have been a healthy scratch on his team because his coach is extremely strict.

At the age of 16, heading into the Quebec Major League. Kid lacks toughness and mentality to handle such a touch coach. Sauve, Depres, all fell in the rankings. I think next year will be a better outcome for all the players.

Steven Anthony started putting up points in his last 30 games, not because he wasn't given the opportunity before hand. Anthony was forced to play on the 3rd lines. It was until Christopher DiDomenico got traded that Anthony got his shot.

The highest scorer on the team is 17 year old Michael Kirkpatrick who never got drafted. The QMJHL is one of the most difficult places to scout players because of their system. David Gilbert was ranked in the 2nd round by several of scouts. He fell into the 7th round. You really have to watch these players play to understand their potential.

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The kid sounds stoked. Hopefully this booster of confidence is able to help bring out the potential in him and become the player we as well as himself believe he could be. Sometimes a little confidence does unimaginable wonders and makes things that much easier. Nice to see the Canucks give him a chance.

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The kid sounds stoked. Hopefully this booster of confidence is able to help bring out the potential in him and become the player we as well as himself believe he could be. Sometimes a little confidence does unimaginable wonders and makes things that much easier.
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People need to remember and I'm stressing this cause I've been repeating myself over in other threads.

Steven Anthony does not have attitude and work ethic problems. If he had work ethic problems, he would have been a healthy scratch on his team because his coach is extremely strict.

At the age of 16, heading into the Quebec Major League. Kid lacks toughness and mentality to handle such a touch coach. Sauve, Depres, all fell in the rankings. I think next year will be a better outcome for all the players.

Steven Anthony started putting up points in his last 30 games, not because he wasn't given the opportunity before hand. Anthony was forced to play on the 3rd lines. It was until Christopher DiDomenico got traded that Anthony got his shot.

The highest scorer on the team is 17 year old Michael Kirkpatrick who never got drafted. The QMJHL is one of the most difficult places to scout players because of their system. David Gilbert was ranked in the 2nd round by several of scouts. He fell into the 7th round. You really have to watch these players play to understand their potential.

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Sounds extremely happy (and relieved) to be drafted...he's got his second shot, now hopefully he runs with it...

I do believe that being on the same team as Sauve meant he was seen more often by Canuck management checking in on Sauve. A good break for this kid...

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