Vojtech Budik does quite the Philip Nyberg impression.
Two straight Sabres picks in the fifth round led to plenty of confusion in the interview room at the First Niagara Center. The media was of the belief that only Nyberg was in town and rushed to podium No. 3 when his name appeared on the interview room board. When a blonde player walked up to the podium it was easy to assume it was Philip Nyberg. It turns out that Budik was in the building, and he beat Nyberg to the podium despite being taken a pick later.
Budik answered all the questions as if he was Nyberg, discussing coming over to North America from Sweden to play at the University of Wisconsin next year and how excited he is to play with fellow Swedes Alex Nylander and Rasmus Asplund. It's too bad he's Czech.
"My agent told me it was better for my game," Budik said of playing at Wisconsin, something he will not be doing. "It's different hockey. It's faster, harder."
He answered to Philip and even detailed his travel plans, stating he's heading home for the summer before flying to Madison, Wisconsin in August.
At points he let his true identity slip with tiny clues. He mentioned he played alongside Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle and compared North American hockey to how the sport is played in the Czech Republic. It was never obvious enough for people to catch on.
Unfortunately, nearly everyone left by the time the real Nyberg arrived.
It may be time to get the draft picks name tags.