En fin de semaine dernière, le Québécois Samuel Blais était assis devant sa télévision dans son salon, en train de regarder la séance de sélection de la Ligue nationale, lorsqu’il a appris une très bonne nouvelle : les Blues de St. Louis venaient de le repêcher en sixième ronde.

Persuadé de ne pas être sélectionné, l’ex-attaquant midget AAA, dont le nom ne figurait pas sur la liste finale de la Centrale de recrutement de la Ligue nationale de hockey, avait préféré rester à la maison plutôt que de se rendre à Philadelphie.

« Si j’avais eu de minimes chances d’être repêché, nous aurions fait le voyage, mais je n’avais aucune attente, a-t-il déclaré à Hockey Le Magazine. Mon agent nous avait même dit que ça ne valait pas vraiment la peine de monter là-bas.»

Quelques secondes après avoir appris la bonne nouvelle, le jeune homme a été bombardé de félicitations sur Facebook et Twitter.

Samuel Blais prendra bientôt part au camp de développement de la formation, au Missouri.

Aussi sur le HuffPost:

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  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: (L-R) Leon Draisaitl third overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Aaron Ekblad first overall pick by the Florida Panthers, and Sam Reinhart the second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres pose during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: (L-R) Leon Draisaitl third overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Aaron Ekblad first overall pick by the Florida Panthers, and Sam Reinhart the second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres pose during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: (Front to back) Leon Draisaitl third overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Sam Reinhart the second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres, and Aaron Ekblad first overall pick by the Florida Panthers pose during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: (L-R) Leon Draisaitl third overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Aaron Ekblad first overall pick by the Florida Panthers, and Sam Reinhart the second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres pose during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • LNH Repêchage 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Aaron Ekblad celebrates with family after being selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


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