What if Washington selected Malkin first overall, and left Ovechkin to Pittsburgh?
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11-08-2011, 12:18 AM
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Things would absolutely change. Malkin didn't hop the Ocean until 2006-2007, meaning Washington would have spent the 2005-2006 season without their elite pick while Pittsburgh would have had both Crosby and Ovie instead of just Crosby. Who knows how that impacts the standings for the 2006 draft (but it's a safe bet to say that Pittsburgh probably would have moved up a couple spots and Washington would have had a better chance at #1). Maybe Washington then ends up with Erik Johnson, Jonathan Toews, or Jordan Staal instead of Nick Backstrom. Or, even pretending the standing are the same, with Washington already holding a top notch center prospect, maybe McPhee accepts the trade with Boston and the Bruins get "the Swede" and Washington lands Kessel. Maybe then Kessel never holds out and is traded to Toronto, and Boston never gets Seguin.
In other words,
Every thread turns into a Kessel thread
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