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Finn not nervous heading into NHL draft

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury

Guelph Storm defenceman Matt Finn figures he’s been poked, prodded, tested and questioned to the point there really isn’t much left to be nervous about.

Finn leads a group of Guelph Storm players expected to be drafted this weekend at the National Hockey League draft.

Finn is expected to be drafted Friday late in the first round, which is a made-for-television event that starts at 7 p.m. from Pittsburgh’s Consol Centre. The remaining six rounds take place Saturday.

“It’s obviously going to be quite an experience, but I really don’t think there’s much to be nervous about now,” the 18-year-old said. “I’ve still got a couple of interviews with teams set up, but for the most part I’m just looking forward to the whole experience.”

Finn will be joined in Pittsburgh by Scott Kosmachuk, who is ranked in the second round, and Tanner Richard, who is considered a mid-round prospect. Brock McGinn is also likely to be selected, but he isn’t heading to Pittsburgh.

Those four all attended the NHL combine camp a couple of weeks ago for the top-rated picks.

Other Storm players, such as Zack Mitchell and Justin Auger, are longshots to be drafted this weekend.

“I think between three and five of our guys will get drafted,” coach Scott Walker said. “I would be disappointed if only three got drafted and a bit surprised if more than five did.”

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