Acliché brought to you by Joel Farabee: "Every hockey player dreams about getting drafted and playing in the National Hockey League."
Farabee doesn’t have to dream about getting drafted any longer. And neither do six other prospects with connections to New York and New Jersey who were plucked at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Farabee, a 6-0, 162-pound, left-shooting left wing from Cicero, N.Y., was the first local to be selected when the Philadelphia Flyers took him with the 14th overall pick.
And being chosen by the Flyers was exactly what Farabee wanted.
"I really liked their interviews," he said. "My dad is from Philadelphia. I grew up watching the Flyers, and I’m a really big Phillies fan. I’m not going to lie; when I came to the draft, I wanted to go 14th to Philly. It’s pretty cool for it to actually happen."
Farabee, rated by NHL Central Scouting as the 12th-best North American skater in its final ranking, spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program. Last season, he ranked second on the Under-18 team in goals (33), assists (43) and points (76) in 62 games.