Periodically, as a new sports fan, little bits of the hockey lexicon sound funny to my ear, and I’ve recently taken a shine to the phrase, “The draft pick that later became ‘player x’”. I read this recently in reference to the trade that indirectly brought Ryan Miller to the Sabres. “We traded x for y and the draft pick that later became Ryan Miller”. I like how it implies that the draft pick is a more tangible concept than the pre-drafted player; as if Crunchy sprouted out of a seed that Darcy planted when he chose him at the draft.
When I think about it this way, the draftees take on a “Jack and the Beanstalk” quality. Darcy is Jack, and the draft picks are potentially magical beans.