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10-14-2003, 10:59 AM
Vlad The Impaler
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Originally Posted by Burke's Evil Spirit
It's not like MacLean didn't know who Florida would get - it was widely known that they wanted Bouwmeester. A condition of the deal he made was that he would not draft Bouwmeester, and Rick Dudley pitched a few picks to Atlanta to ensure that they wouldn't, either. He was gambling on doing better than Columbus the next season (he was wrong).

Trading for the second overall pick would likely have cost more than trading for the first overall pick. MacLean had the choice to give up little and take Rick Nash, stay put and gamble on both Nash and Bouwmeester disappearing, or give up considerably more, get the second overall pick, and take whoever Florida didn't.
I believe there were also rumors that Florida was considering trading the pick at the time. Perhaps MacLean was afraid someone would move up and take Nash?

One thing is certain: it was pretty clear the Panthers would draft Bouwmeester if left with the first choice, I agree.

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