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03-19-2004, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by SML
I have been lurking around for some time now, been kinda busy, but I have seen several posters mention that if there were no hockey next year, that Pittsburgh would maintain the #1 position for the following year's draft. Does anybody know if this is indeed fact, or speculation? I find it hard to believe that even if the league truly believed there were going to be a work stoppage, that they would be so pessimistic as to already announce what is going to happen. It seems to me that a better solution would be just to not hold a draft at all. The following year's draft would be twice as deep and would at least be based on a season that was actually played, rather than rewarding Pittsburgh for their tank-job with two first overall picks, that just happen to be two of the most highly touted prospects in recent years.
It's spectulation, but I've seen it coming from the ownership side, not the players side.

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