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12-27-2012, 03:48 PM
Mike Farkas
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This isn't really the type of history that's dealt with here. This is more for the "Prospects" board or even the main board (National Hockey League) or...even the Columbus board.

That said, I believe MacLean said that there was no difference between the top-5 in that draft (excluding Crosby, he was a no-brainer 1st overall pick). I'm not totally sure who was in that top-5 for him specifically, but I have to believe a team that could not, in any way, shape or form come out of that draft without a top-notch centerman, would have left Anze Kopitar on the table.

There was some mixed emotions about him because he was from a non-traditional hockey country and it was probably the main reason he fell to where he did. But I'm sure Columbus would have picked him had Brule gone to Montreal.

The other darkhorse that might have been involved for that pick was Marc Staal. Who was said to making a late push for the top-5 right before the draft. Many scouts that felt bloodlines were important would certainly choose Marc Staal over Anze Kopitar, a veritable wildcard.

Without even using the power retrospect, I'm fairly confident that Anze Kopitar would have been their choice. And I think they might have even traded down a spot or two possibly, if they felt they could. Especially given the supposed value of the picks 2 through 6 that year.


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