#HabsTwitterDraft social media recap & interviews
The inaugural Habs Twitter Draft is now complete, and we now take a look at some of the reactions and buzz it created around the Twitterverse.
After a successful draft, both Andrew Berkshire and Arik Parnass have put the finishing touches on their respective teams in the first ever #HabsTwitterDraft .
The star-studded teams can be found here, and you can vote on who drafted the best team here.
Third round pick & managing editor of LNH.com, Arpon Basu, was quick to impress:
@HabArik35 I won't let you down. Though honestly, I have no idea what to do so I don't let you down. But I'm your man!— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 24, 2013
@HabArik35 Man, I feel an insane amount of pressure to perform. You know, I hope, I have no clue how to do fancy graphics on Twitter, right?— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 24, 2013
@HabArik35 I'm going to take my tweets to the net hard. You won't be sorry.— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 25, 2013
As was Hamilton Bulldogs play-by-play announcer Derek Wills, who was eager to pose for the cameras:
.@Dr_Habs @HabArik35 Neat idea! I'm honoured to have been chosen so high. When do I get my #TeamParnass hat and jersey? #HabsTwitterDraft— Derek Wills (@dogsplaybyplay) September 25, 2013
Arik completed the 'Hamilton Sweep' (not to be mistaken with the sex position that goes by the same name) by picking Bulldogs specialist Dan Kramer:
@HabArik35 Pleased to be selected by #TeamParnass. Might have held out if picked by #TeamJerkshire.— Dan Kramer (@DanKramerHabs) September 24, 2013
Habs reporter Eric Engels didn't quite know what he was chosen for, but like any good teammate he was eager to help his team. If he was Ryan White he would have jumped an opposing draftee immediately:
.@HabArik35 honored. Have no clue what you guys are doing, but love it. Just want to do what I can to help the team— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 24, 2013
Of course, there was only one possible destination for Engels, as he and managing editor of the site Andrew Berkshire are mortal enemies:
.@HabArik35 also, of course Berkshire would pass me up. I argue with him as much as I possibly can @AndrewBerkshire #insulted— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 24, 2013
J-F Chaumont appreciated the pick, and endorsed the project:
@HabArik35 Merci pour ce choix ! Un concept original....— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumont) September 24, 2013
Dave Stubbs on the other hand wasn't too worried about sliding in the draft, and will do his best to avoid falling into Angelo Esposito territory.
Honoured to go to Team Parnass in #HabsTwitterDraft – remembering that not all brilliant talents have gone early in their drafts, either— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) September 24, 2013
Twitter star Chantal was quick to notice she had made history:
Honored to be the first woman drafted by #TeamParnass.— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) September 24, 2013
Despite having picked a star-studded lineup, Arik managed to get a local recording star on board:
@Habarnac @HabArik35 @theactivestick Did I just get drafted? You should know I have a sprained knee...— Annakin Slayd (@AnnakinSlayd) September 24, 2013
I don't know what's happening but I'm strangely excited to be part of this team. @EliasToufexis @Habarnac @HabArik35 @theactivestick— Annakin Slayd (@AnnakinSlayd) September 24, 2013
Andrew concentrated on radio hosts, and managed to nab one of the best in the business. In fact, this particular radio host works with Tony Marinaro, so he gets bonus points for having to endure him on a daily basis:
@AndrewBerkshire thank god. I was starting to feel like Angelo Esposito out there!— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) September 24, 2013
That's two Angelo Esposito references so far. Which is more than the total games he played in the NHL, and one more than the number of goals he managed in the Italian Hockey League last year.
Andrew continued his solid draft by picking one of the most knowledgeable Habs bloggers out there:
@AndrewBerkshire I am humbled to be part of #teamberkshire #teamplayer #meatandpotatoes— James Stephan (@J_Habs) September 24, 2013
However, not all of his draft picks were happy about the team:
Thanks to @AndrewBerkshire for taking me in the #HabsTwitterDraft. I will need to lead in the locker room because the rest of my team sucks.— Doug (@Drdougboston) September 24, 2013
Apparently Doug went to the Brian Burke school of public relations.
The good news is, Andrew drafted plenty of team players that should make up for Doug's lack of faith:
@AndrewBerkshire Humbled. Honored. (And humiliated by my teammate. Thx @Drdougboston.)— Winter H. Lions (@WinterLions) September 24, 2013
Thanks for your trust in my tweets, @AndrewBerkshire, I won't let you down ! I'm honored to be such a high draft pick in #HabsTwitterDraft— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) September 25, 2013
@AndrewBerkshire wow what a big day. As a wee young twitter account I always dreamed for this moment.— Brian Bird (@BrianI3ird) September 24, 2013
Unfortunately for Team Berkshire, Andrew did happen to draft Keith Tkachuk on steroids:
@AndrewBerkshire Wait, what? What am I being drafted for? Because, FYI, I'm fat and have character issues.— E.E. (@theory_of_ice) September 25, 2013
We managed, with the help of all our great friends of the site, to get #HabsTwitterDraft trending in Canada, and several places worldwide:
339 users and 687 tweets (366 RTs) in 1 week made #HabsTwitterDraft a Trending Topic in Canada. #trndnl— Canada Trends (@trendinaliaCA) September 24, 2013
#HabsTwitterDraft # 1 trend in MTL. Congrats @AndrewBerkshire and @HabArik35. pic.twitter.com/v2pUFtVC65— Patrick (@MTLDriveFor25) September 24, 2013
We thank everyone that participated by using the #HabsTwitterDraft hashtag. Without the help of our twitter fans we couldn't have made this happen.
Keep an eye open for our second #HabsTwitterDraft. The inaugural experience was a fantastic project, and we can't wait to do it again.