His director of amateur scouting, the Detroit Red Wings and Draper, selected his 18-year-old son, Kian Draper, a right-winger with BCHL Chilliwack chiefs, in the seventh round (187 overall).
His director of player development, the Boston Bruins and Langenbrunner, selected his 18-year-old son, Mason Langbrunner, a defenseman from Sioux City in the USHL in the fifth round (151 overall).
Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman said, “They did not get my approval or ask for my approval. A couple of our scouts pushed vigorously after Qian.” “Chris and I had a conversation about this recently, and initially I asked if he was sure he wanted to bring his son to that position.”
Draper is a Red Wings legend, played 17 seasons in Detroit and won the Stanley Cup four times. Yzerman said Draper’s obligation is to “do the best he can for the Detroit Red Wings, and I know he did.”
Jamie Langenbrenner never played for the Bruins, but he won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils before ending in 2012–13 with the St. Louis Blues. He is in his fifth season with Boston Management.
Mason Langbronner told the media that he felt the Bruins were going to select him. “I did some good interviews with him,” he said via The Sports Hub. “He said that it is not because of my father but because we love you as a player and believe in yourself.”
The 2020 NHL Draft was held remotely, with teams selecting players from the socially deformed “War Room” and being interviewed via Zoom. But Mason Langbranner noted that he appeared on a draft stage with the Bruins once before, with GM Don Sweeney and coach Bruce Cassidy coming in when Boston selected defenseman Urho Wakanen in 2017 in Chicago.
Yzerman said that despite family ties, it is about finding the right player for scouts in the NHL Draft.
“Either of them is going to pick a name just because it’s someone’s son or someone’s friend,” he said. “Their jobs are on the line.”