- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 21, 2008


Before Friday night’s NHL draft, Caps beat writer Corey Masisak took a stab at making a mock draft. Here’s a look at how his top five projections stacked up against what really happened:

1. Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos (Corey’s pick: Steven Stamkos) - The Lightning made this pick clear just hours after winning the draft lottery. Only a Herschel Walker-like trade would’ve stopped this pick.

2. Los Angeles: Drew Doughty (Corey’s pick: Nikita Filatov) - Imagine Ray Bourque and Nicklas Lidstrom playing together. It could be a similar star pairing with Doughty and Jack Johnson in Los Angeles.

3. Atlanta: Zach Bogosian (Corey’s pick: Drew Doughty) - If Doughty was available, the Thrashers would have taken him. Instead, they get a player who will be ready to play next season.

4. St. Louis: Alex Pietrangelo (Corey’s pick: Zach Bogosian) - On the right track with a defenseman, the Blues went with the best one left on the board.

5. Toronto from N.Y. Islanders: Luke Schenn (Corey’s pick: Colin Wilson) - The Islanders had two chances to take Wilson and traded down both times only to end up with Josh Bailey. Toronto made Schenn its highest pick since 1989.


1. Guy LaFleur - Montreal Canadiens, 1971: With LaFleur in La belle province, the Canadiens won five Stanley Cups including four in a row from 1976 to 1979.

2. Denis Potvin New York Islanders, 1973: Potvin made nine All-Star teams, three Norris trophies and helped deliver four Cups to Long Island.

3. Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins, 1984: A gimme No. 1 selection, Super Mario not only captained Pittsburgh to two Cups, he saved the franchise by becoming its owner.

4. Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals, 2004: Ovechkin and No. 2 pick Evgeni Malkin have proved the scouts right as they have turned out to be the stars of the 2004 draft.

5. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins, 2005: It’s only a matter of time until Crosby leads the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup.

SATURDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION - The Cubs and White Sox meet again with both teams in first place. The White Sox send out Jose Contreras against the Cubs’ Jason Marquis. 1 p.m., WGN

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