Teams Should Thank Flyers, Habs

Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends against Glen Metropolit #15 of the Montreal Canadiens on February 27, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Habs defeated the Flyers 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Carter;Glen Metropolit

Dear Montreal and Philadelphia,

We would like to thank you for your recent success in the NHL Playoffs. Enjoy your late round draft picks.

Sincerely,

Half of the NHL

Teams and fans alike, should be thanking the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers for their recent success in the 2010 Playoffs. As everyone knows, the Habs had one of the best underdog runs that I have seen in my life time, knocking off both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby in two seven game series. The Flyers success might be even more impressive, with the way they’ve dealt with injuries to their comeback against the Bruins when down 3-0.

Why is the success of two of the most hated teams in League be important to any of us?

Since the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the League has implemented a rule in which the last four teams remaining in the playoffs automatically draft from 27 to 30, with the lowest seeded losing team in the Conference Finals going 27th and the Stanley Cup winner drafting 30th overall. Seeing as Montreal and Philly were actually below the halfway mark in overall standings, this means that a ton of teams are going to be moving up as many as two spots from where their finish would indicate.

With that rule in mind, the Montreal Canadiens 1st round pick goes from 12th overall all the way to 27th! The Sharks actually benefit from this rule since they finished 2nd overall in the League. They move from 29th to 28th. Since the Final has yet to be officially decided and I don’t want to jinx anyone, the loser will draft 29th and the winner is last in Round 1.

The Habs may be a little PO’d at this rule come draft day, considering their drop is 15 spots! The Flyers are in a completely different situation. Making it to the Final is obviouslygreat, but in getting there, they also have be pretty pleased with the fact that they traded away their 1st round pick this year to Anaheim in the deal to acquire Chris Pronger.

The Ducks and Flyers finished 17th and 18th respectively. So instead of Anaheim having two mid round, back to back picks, the Flyers pick will be drop at least 16 places. 

While this scenario is likely to repeat itself due to the talent level of the draft class that year, the last time the Ducks had two first round picks was in 2003 when they drafted Ryan Getzlaf 19th and Corey Perry 28th overall. 

I love the rule this year; Detroit sees their pick go from 23rd to 21st. Aside from the 2005 lockout Draft when Detroit drew 19th overall, this will be the Wings’ highest pick in since 1991 when they took Martin Lapointe 10th overall.

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