Like his father and brother, left winger Brady Tkachuk will be a first round pick at this year's draft and many expected him to be selected higher than his father Keith (taken 19th in 1990) and brother Matthew (No. 6, in 2016).
Keith Tkachuk is considered one of the game’s top Americans during a 19-year NHL career that ended in 2010, and the hard-hitting forward does not seem to be done creating havoc, though it is now taking place off the ice. With just a few hours to go prior to this year's NHL entry draft, it seems like a conflicting report between father and son is messing things up for the young player.
According to Craig Morgan of AZ Central, Brady Tkachuk revealed that he flew to Arizona for a meeting with the Coyotes after the NHL Scouting Combine. However, his father says he did not. When asked about the situation, Coyotes general manager John Chayka refused to comment.
Now, is Keith trying to stop the Coyotes from selecting his son with the fifth overall pick so Brady does not end up in the desert and with a team which has been struggling for years now?
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds, and still growing, Tkachuk is ranked second among North American draft-eligible prospects by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. The young forward also met with the Ottawa Senators, as mentioned by Morgan, however, his father has not commented on that reported visit.
Tkachuk is not expected to sit around for long, and many expect him to start his NHL career as soon as possible. The hard-hitting kid had eight goals and 31 points, plus 61 penalty minutes in 40 games in his freshman season at Boston University.
Who is lying in this story, you may never find out. One thing is sure is that Brady visited Washington after the Combine. In a special piece for NHL.com, Brady wrote about his Combine experience and the excitement of being selected in the first round:
"Now that the combine is over, I'm headed to Washington with a few of the other prospects to be at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final (on Monday). I haven't been to a Stanley Cup Final game since Game 6 of the 2013 Final in Boston between the Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks when Chicago won the Cup.
I'm really excited for the draft on June 22 because at the end of the day I know I tried my hardest and proved to teams who I am, and now it's up to them to decide on who they're going to take."
However, while Keith might be trying to prevent his son from ending up in Arizona, we all know he will be long gone when the Capitals step up to the podium to make their pick...