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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.

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