Same here. I wasn't sure what to expect going into the draft, in terms of a fan experience. What an awesome weekend it turned into.
Went down early Friday night and sat outside TGIFriday's in Consol sipping mojitos and watched all the NHL big-wigs, potential draftees, and their entourages walk by, some in and out of TGIF (I guess they don't have Morton's Steakhouse money just yet). There was a ton of talent walking by. Hockey players too.
Inside, Friday night was a long night but stoked by the Staal trade, everyone was amped. Couldn't believe how many fans of other teams were there. As I was getting a beverage between picks, we saw a group of Caps fans standing in the concourse, with a couple Flyer fans sprinkled in. Gave them a loud shout 'Hey guys - Did ya know the Cup is on display down on the 1st level?' A couple of them just looked puzzled 'oh, ok'. Then gave them the old 'Hey, never know - may be your only chance to see it' to which they replied something about punching me in the face, as fellow Pens fans all laughed, lol.
I had forgot how fast the picks are made in Rds2-7. We got down there a bit after 10, had Pirates tix and thought we may have to leave draft early to catch Buccos game. Instead, draft finished up quick, walked around and shook hands with Bryan Trottier and the Cup Keeper, then had an awesome lunch at Nola on the Square before heading over Clemente bridge to watch Bucs beat the Tigers. Our city was on display this weekend and did not disappoint. So many visitors (NHL fans, Detroit fans, etc) walking around Market Square and North Shore commenting what a great city it is.
Oh, and how boring were drafts before the invention of the smart phone and twitter? It was so cool watching Don Maloney and GMRS in the back of the floor talking what turned out to be the Michalek deal. They should do this for trade deadline day - just put all the teams in an arena floor and let fans in to watch the mayhem.