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rticinelli 10-01-2003 01:33 PM

Did the Florida Panthers draft Alexander Ovechkin???
 
I know I'm very far behind in this story, but I just read that the Panthers used their last pick in the 2003 draft to take Ovechkin. They cited some sort of crazy loop hole that I'm still not entirely clear on (something about leap year days or something), but I can't seem to find any "official" information to confirm this event. Also, if this did indeed happen, what was the final ruling? I mean, I know it's clear that they didn't get him at this point, but I was just hoping for some insight on the situation.

Peter Griffin 10-01-2003 01:37 PM

They did draft him. Their reasoning was that Ovechkin was born I believe two days after the cut-off for the draft, but since there has been more than 2 leap years since his birthday, it would somehow make him two days older than he actually was, making him eligible for the draft. This may have worked, but they forgot that to be draft eligible, you have to opt-in to the draft, unless you are over a certain age. Good try by the Panthers, but it didn't work.

The Tang 10-01-2003 02:06 PM

they tried a few times this past draft i beleive. Peter griffin summed up what they tried to do correctly. wasnt a bad idea, but he was not registered for this eyars draft anyways, so they couldnt take him even if the loop hole stood.

monster_bertuzzi 10-01-2003 05:49 PM

The Canucks got away with this same logic back in 1989 for Bure.

tom_servo 10-01-2003 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by monster_bertuzzi
The Canucks got away with this same logic back in 1989 for Bure.

It wasn't the same, was it? I mean he was eligible, it was just doubtful that he could cross the pond.

shveik 10-01-2003 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by monster_bertuzzi
The Canucks got away with this same logic back in 1989 for Bure.

AFAIK Canucks have found out that Bure played in some obscure game that made him elidgible to be drafted. Either way it was a different CBA, so it's not so relevant here.

Clash* 10-01-2003 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Peter Griffin
They did draft him. Their reasoning was that Ovechkin was born I believe two days after the cut-off for the draft, but since there has been more than 2 leap years since his birthday, it would somehow make him two days older than he actually was, making him eligible for the draft. This may have worked, but they forgot that to be draft eligible, you have to opt-in to the draft, unless you are over a certain age. Good try by the Panthers, but it didn't work.

Don Meehan and Ovechkin tried to opt-in and were denied for the same exact reason the Panther's draft selection was turned down four or five times. The Panthers originally tried to draft Ovechkin in the fourth round, but finally got written proof they tried to draft Ovechkin in the ninth round. Nothin has been published about this havin gone any further after the draft, as it was Florida ownership and not the GM and coach who were tryin to make this move.

Vman 10-01-2003 08:27 PM

Why do I keep hearing about this Ovechkin guy? What's so special about this player?

Slay 10-01-2003 10:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Vman
Why do I keep hearing about this Ovechkin guy? What's so special about this player?


You have some enhanced version of these boards that you are able to hear it? ;)

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=14438

Here you can find some of his videos:
http://slav1980.narod.ru/1.htm

http://alexovechkin.narod.ru/videos.html

X8oD 10-01-2003 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by shveik
AFAIK Canucks have found out that Bure played in some obscure game that made him elidgible to be drafted. Either way it was a different CBA, so it's not so relevant here.

red wings were pissed

they had actually drafted him i think it was 2 rounds earlier but were told they couldnt, he was elidgable. Canucks found the loophole, and drafted him.

i think that ws the same year they pulled Konstantinov, Fedorov, and a few more. Thier BIG draft year. Imagine if they landed Bure as well?

Vlad The Impaler 10-01-2003 11:28 PM

Oh, and since no one has mentioned it so far...

Dudley is a "genious" for drafting Ovechkin.

Burke's Evil Spirit 10-02-2003 12:01 AM

It was thought that Bure had not played enough games to be eligible for the draft - later, Canucks management (with help from Igor Larionov) found out that he in fact had.

Enoch 10-02-2003 04:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Vlad The Impaler
Oh, and since no one has mentioned it so far...

Dudley is a "genious" for drafting Ovechkin.

hahaha classic!

Coolburn 10-02-2003 04:30 AM

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Originally Posted by ClashCitiRockr
Nothin has been published about this havin gone any further after the draft, as it was Florida ownership and not the GM and coach who were tryin to make this move.

As "classic" as you 2 think it is, you didn't read this part that Clash stated which was revealed after the draft...Dudley had little to do with this move. In fact, I think Dudley even protested this move with the ownership at the draft. Dudley knew that he would obviously take the brunt of the criticism if this was done and he just did what his boss told him to do.


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