NHL Draft: Redrafting the No. 1 Overall Picks

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NHL Draft: Redrafting the No. 1 Overall Picks
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Erik Johnson--of the Ottawa Senators???

The scene:         

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Pittsburgh, PA.  As the draft is ready to begin, Commissioner Gary Bettman is introduced.  Oddly, he does not immediately appear on stage.

After a dramatic pause, the lights go down, and a great flash of light appears as an explosion rocks the arena.  A DeLorean appears out of thin air and now sits on the stage.  Gary Bettman gets out of the car and addresses the confused crowd:


Since nothing promotes a sport like star power, I have gone back in time to the last 30 NHL entry drafts.  I have brought with me the first overall pick in each of those drafts.  They are fresh out of junior hockey, they are backstage, and they are here to be drafted back into the NHL.

Before the first round of this year’s draft, we will conduct a fantasy draft.  We will proceed in regular draft order, and every team will get a selection.  You may not trade your pick in the fantasy draft.  One more thing—don’t ask me how I got 30 hockey players into a DeLorean.  This is a fantasy draft, after all.  Edmonton, you are on the clock.

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