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11-08-2011, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Duke Silver View Post
Was Ovechkin the undisputed #1 back then, or were some scouts saying Malkin could go first?
Over the 2003-04, it went from Ovechkin being an absolute slam-dunk #1 pick to a mostly slam-dunk #1 pick.

On a 1-10 scale on draft day, Ovechkin would have been about a 9.5, Malkin a 9.25, Barker between a 7-5 and 8, and a big logjam after that. Basically, there was a gap between Ovechkin and Malkin, but it wasn't the chasm it had been previously.

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