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Hosting the draft can be a nice boost to the local economy and creates a fun summer spectacle for hockey fans, but it doesn't seem like that translates to sure-fire success with draft prospects.
Last year in Minnesota, the Wild took Jonas Brodin with the 10th-overall pick, who has remained in Sweden thus far.
Way back in 1990, the host Vancouver Canucks took Petr Nedved with the second-overall selection—when Jaromir Jagr went at No. 5—and Shawn Antoski at 18 when Winnipeg took Keith Tkachuk one pick later. Some guy named Martin Brodeur was the No. 20 pick that year, too.
The Nashville Predators bucked the trend when they hosted in 2003, picking Ryan Suter in a stacked year that also included first-rounders Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Eric Staal, Brent Seabrook and Dion Phaneuf, to name just a few.
The Penguins last hosted in 1997, when they chose Robert Dome with the 17th pick. This year, they pick 22nd, so they'll likely be in tough again.