Is there anyway that a team would trade the number 1 overall pick in the 2004 Draft? Isn't it pretty much set that Ovechkin goes #1, so why would a team trade down? Is there any team in the NHL that doesn't need a player like him or likes someone else in the draft?
Personally, I don't see the right package coming along. It would take a few prospects and a few draft picks to trade up (it would take more than Samuelsson and the 3rd pick).
Crosby's not 2004 eligible, he's 2005 eligible. Anyway, as for the original question, I think it is possible. It is possible that Atlanta could get the #1 pick and want a defenseman and trade down to 4 or 5 for Cam Barker. There are some very very good players in the '04 draft behind Alex and I think it is also possible that a team could like Olesz or Schremp more. Not likely, but possible. That being said, it would take a heck of a lot of get Alex. He is a much stronger #1 then Fleury was and it might take an offer like was made to Atlanta by Montreal for Kovalchuk.
Montreal offered Andrei Markov, Mathieu Garon, and two first round picks (Komisarek and Perezhogin) for Kovalchuk and was turned down by Atlanta (thank god for that). I imagine it would take quite a bit more to get Ovechkin, on the lines of what Philly gave up for Lindros. In other words, as good as he is, he wouldn't be worth the price.