I'll be honest with you. When the starless Atlanta Thrashers came to Hockey Bay on Friday to play the Tampa Bay Lightning, prospects Angelo Esposito and Evander Kane, taken fourth overall in the 2009 Draft, topped the puck wish list.
I had to settle, so to speak, for a couple from Kane, who, despite missing the team bus to an optional morning skate, stuck around and signed whatever was presented to him by a handful of Hockey Bay hounds.
We all missed on Esposito, taken 20th overall in 2007, after he ducked onto the bus before any of us could cross the street. That's too bad, too. I had three pucks for him. Well, maybe next time.