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NHL Draft Prospects Take In Philadelphia Sights Ahead of Their Big Moment

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(NHL draft prospects locate the "Rocky" footprints at the top of the art museum steps.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

(NHL draft prospects locate the “Rocky” footprints at the top of the art museum steps. Photo by Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is hosting the 2014 NHL draft this weekend, and today a handful of top prospects took a trolley tour of some city landmarks.

First stop was the art museum and a look at those iconic steps.   It was a perfect photo op — one of many this week for these projected first-rounders who have high hopes of taking the fast track to the National Hockey League.

“I’m excited and nervous,” said Anthony DeAngelo (below), an 18-year-old defenseman out of Sewell, NJ.  “Everybody dreams about playing in the NHL.   Now that the draft is coming forth, this is a dream come true.  I’ve been playing since I was three on the ice, competively since I was five.  So it’s been a long time.”

(Anthony DeAngelo, in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel at 17th and Race Streets, waits to board a tour bus.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

(Anthony DeAngelo, in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel at 17th and Race Streets, waits to board a tour bus. Photo by Paul Kurtz)

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And Aaron Ekblad, a native of  Windsor, Ontario, admits that he’s battling a case of the jitters.

“It’s just starting right now.  This kind of stuff (touring Philadelphia) dumbs it down and gets you a little bit more relaxed for the whole situation.  But I’m excited to be here.  It’s a special time for me and my family, and we’re gonna have a great time with it,” he told KYW Newsradio.

The draft runs from Friday evening through Saturday.

 

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