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Continued: Ex-Gopher Schmidt gets big shot in the NHL with Caps

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 7, 2013 - 7:52 AM

Schmidt remembers four years ago how devastated he was not to be drafted. Now he says it was the best thing that ever happened to him because he was able to choose his team.

“I got to peer up and down depth charts, see where I’d have the best opportunity and where I’d feel most comfortable,” he said. “It’s kind of like getting recruited to college all over again.

“They sell you on their program. You try to build relationships as fast as you can. Some people look at not being drafted as a curse. For me, it was a blessing.”

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