Lifelong Flyers fan Anthony DeAngelo sat behind the table in a blue Tampa Bay Lightning jersey with a huge smile on his face.

The defenseman hoped the hometown Flyers would draft him, but he slipped two spots lower and went 19th overall to the Lightning. Thanks to a rough playoff series in 2004, the Flyers and Bolts have become somewhat of rivals.

That could be awkward.

"Nope," DeAngelo said. "I'm ready to have them as my rival. I don't care."

How about becoming a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

"I don't think I'm gonna go for the Tampa Bay Bucs," the 18-year-old blueliner said. "I think I'm gonna stay right here with the Eagles."

Aside from having to forgo some of his allegiances to his hometown team, DeAngelo, who grew up in New Jersey's Washington Township about 20 miles from Philadelphia, couldn't have asked for a better day. He was chosen in Wells Fargo Center, the arena he visited countless times to watch Flyers games. Now he's about to embark on his own journey instead of following the orange and black.