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10-25-2013, 05:19 AM
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So they could blame Eric Brewer if they lost.


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Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated, December 15, 2001
Gretzky mentioned that the selection committee came up with a list of six players (three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie) whom they would turn to in such situations but declined to mention the five position players on this list. Gretzky did acknowledge that Burke would be the choice in goal and Sportsnet.ca reports Calgary's Derek Morris, Ottawa's Wade Redden, Edmonton's Anson Carter, Philadelphia's Keith Primeau and Boston's Joe Thornton would be the other five choices.

Scott Stevens wasn't even in the top-nine names by the end of 2001. Call me sentimental, but I would have had him on the team. Guy just went to two-straight Finals, but people were only focusing on how brutal the Devils looked at the beginning of 2001-02, as if it wasn't going to turn-around (Stevens was a -8 at the time of selection). It probably could have knocked Brodeur down to the #3 spot too (.895 at the time), but Sean Burke **** the bed in back-to-back games days before they picked the team, including once where the selection committee was in attendance.

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