At the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic in Binghamton, N.Y., Jeremy Morin and Jerry D’Amigo were selected to compete in the Skills Competition as RBC Future All-Stars, participating alongside the stars of the American Hockey League.
Less than 18 months later, the future is looking even brighter for Morin and D’Amigo after both were selected in this weekend’s 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Morin, 18, spent two seasons in USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and is expected to play major junior hockey for Kitchener in the OHL in 2009-10. The Auburn, N.Y., native was selected in the second round (45th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.
"He’s one of the best pure goal-scorers," Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said of Morin. "He was a steal for us."
Morin led the Development Team in scoring with 33 goals and 59 points in 55 games and had 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 14 international games last season.
D’Amigo, a native of Johnson City, N.Y., was taken in the sixth round by the Toronto Maple Leafs. A teammate of Morin’s for two seasons with the NTDP, D’Amigo plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
"It was very stressful just sitting in the stands," D’Amigo told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "But it was worth the wait. I’m drafted. It doesn’t matter when you go. It’s how you develop in the next couple years."
D’Amigo led the United States team to a gold medal at the recent Under-18 World Championships with a team-high 13 points in seven tournament games.