Learn your history people. It began after the Sens really took the usual shinanigans to a extreme degree in the . . . of all things . . . Daigle draft. Daigle should have been punishment enough. The lottery resulted solely from that incident and was put into place just after. The Pens did play some games with their roster toward the end of the season in the year Mario was drafted as did the other teams in the running. But no worse than what the Caps did in sitting their all star goalie Kolzig for a nice part of the last month in the year that they tried to get into positions to, and did indeed, draft Ovechkin. I never hear anything about that here. And the team that drafted Mario was legitimately and seriously bad. The Cap team had a fire sale before playing games at the end of the year with their roster to get into lottery position to get Ovechkin. Obviously the lottery put into place because of Daigle did not change anything from the Mario draft as the exact same thing and worse went on in 2004 with Ovechkin.
......a few facts
Caps came in 3rd to last in 03-04, just just happened to win the lottery....very lucky
Kolzig started 6 of the last 10 games that season
Yeates had a 3.03 GAA and .908 sv%, hardly terrible and, IMO, had he played poorly he would not have gotten those 4 starts
Your really stretching it on this.....the Caps were the worst team in the NHL as late as mid-january in 03-04.....they had a fire sale and actually moved up a couple notches by seasons end
This must be some strange usage of the phrase "exact same thing" that I wasnt previously aware of
Correct. However the Caps were no where near a lottery pick team until they had their fire sale, and still were not there until they played games calling up Yeats from the McDonalds he had been working at (and went back to and is still working at I believe) to replace Kolzig for something like the last dozen games of the year. The Caps leap frogged two teams to first. Fine with me, the Pens ended up with the better player and if we had chosen first we would have likely not got Crosby. Crosby + Malkin certainly is better than Ovechkin plus whatever they chose in 2005. The real ones who got screwed were Chicago who ended up getting bumped down to pick Barker. Imagine Malkin on that Chicago team.
you are just flat out wrong.....again, Caps were the worst team in the NHL in mid/late January that season, before the firesale.......and how did Yeates play the last dozen games when Kolzig started 6 of the last 10?
please....get some facts before you come in spouting all sorts of incorrect information. This making stuff up nonsense you are doing just isnt going to cut it