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11-07-2011, 10:07 PM
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You just love being wrong...

If the Capitals chose Malkin first overall instead of Ovechkin nothing about the 2005 Draft changes. The Capitals still had the first overall pick by virtue of winning the draft lottery...


The bigger mind**** is the fact that had the Penguins retained that 1st overall pick in 2004 Sidney Crosby would have been an Atlanta Thrashers (the winning lottery ball was #12, the Penguins had balls #10, 11, and 12...had the Penguins retained that first pick we would have lost that 3rd ball and been somewhere in the 30s or 40s for lottery balls, since they were sorted first by the # of lottery balls held by a team and then by alphabetical order...with Pittsburgh dropping off that tier and Washington moving from 1 ball to 2 then the other 2 ball teams move up. Anaheim would have received balls 10 and 11 and Atlanta would have had 12 and 13. Now that would have had lasting implications on the league, to say the least.

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