Let's Hope Devils' Draft Pick Nathan Bastian Is Better At Receiving Passes Than Celebratory Shows Of Affection
Boy, do I look stupid. I was sitting there praising the Devils for their selection of a some barely legal teen who - much like every other prospect with nothing more than a couple of minutes of YouTube highlights - I knew next to nothing about, and he immediately makes me regret it. I'm clamoring on and on about how his familiarity and friendship with first round pick Michael McLeod - who happened to be his linemate just last year - could prove to be invaluable in the future. Meanwhile, he's live on television butchering a celebratory hug/handshake with a person he has lifetime of familiarity with. I was spitting out the cliche to end all cliches by saying "you can't teach chemistry", and Nathan Bastian was simultaneously making it clear that you can unlearn it pretty quickly. Let's hope for the Devils sake that he's better at knowing where to be when his former, and now current, teammate has the puck than he is at PDA's with family members, because that was downright cringeworthy to watch unfold. Might want to work on being prepared for having his name called with all inevitable wealth of individual awards in his future. Wouldn't want a repeat of his rookie performance on a bigger stage than the 2nd round of the NHL Draft...
Oh well, the Devils appeared to have some fun with it...
And I think he'll be able to overcome the embarrassment with his sense of humor...