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Mayfield rises from obscurity to draft

Updated: June 25, 2011, 5:42 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Every once in a while, Scott Mayfield's mom, Jane, would see her teenage son on Skype at the end of a long day of practicing, schoolwork and workouts and wish she wasn't a 10-hour drive away.

"I didn't like what I saw. He was too tired," Jane Mayfield acknowledged.

Those are the moments that most hockey families have experienced along journeys that for a select few culminated this weekend at the NHL's entry draft.

Along the way, regardless ...

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