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12-26-2012, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by LEAFS FAN 4 EVER View Post
At the 2005 Draft Lottery Colorado was originally awarded the 27th overall pick, which they eventually traded to Washington.

I even remember James Duthie saying during the Draft Lottery that year how all 30 teams had their 2005 1st round picks.
this is probably true but not because the NHL mandated that everyone have there pick. I think it happened because it's rare for a team to trade there 1st round pick for a draft thats not the upcoming one. espicially in a year where everyone knew it was Crosby's draft year. there's no way anyone would deal there pick before the season started.

according to these 3 sources in the 03-04 season, which was the last season before the lockout, no 2005 1st round picks were traded.

so imo I doubt the league would mandate every team having a pick, I just think that with it being the Crosby draft teams wouldn't have been willing to give up there pick prior to the start of that hockey season just in case. and since there was no season it ended up that everyone had there own picks.

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