The current lock out of the NHL and it’s players is eerily similar to the the NHL lock out in 2004 – 2005. There is a huge divide in the main financial aspects of the negotiations once again. Both sides are stating that this work stoppage could impact an entire season once again. The players who are locked out are flocking to Europe, bering sent down to bolster their AHL farm teams or are working out in groups on their own. However, the way that this lockout mirrors the last lock out does not end there.
After the lockout in 2004 – 2005, the NHL had a situation they needed to rectify with it’s Entry Draft. Usually the team that is selected to pick first over-all is decided by a lottery containing the teams that had sub par seasons. With the season lost due to the work stoppage, the NHL decided to do something that would permit the playing field to be level.
The top prize of that draft class was Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia’s Sidney Crosby. He was a once in a lifetime prospect that was heralded as “The Next One.” He dominated every level of hockey he has ever played and was primed to make his mark on the NHL, but where would he play? The answer was Pittsburgh, as the Pittsburgh Penguins were the last team to have their logo selected from the pool of all NHL teams.
What if this season is completely lost due to the lock out?
If there is another league wide lottery for the chance to select first over-all due to the NHL losing this season, the consensus dirst over-all pick would be Nathan MacKinnon, who like Sidney Crosby, is from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. He has also dominated every level of hockey that he has set foot on the ice and is carrying his home town Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Currently with the Mooseheads this season, he has played 7 games, scored 7 goals, set up 6 goals for a total of 13 points. Last season (first in the QMJHL) MacKinnon played 58 games, scored 31 goals, set up 47 and totalled 78 points. He has displayed the talent and ability to not just dominate a game but dominate an entire league.
If the season is lost, could we see the exact same scenario play out for a second time? Could a young man from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia once again have the entire NHL clamouring for the opportunity to draft him and make him the face of their team?
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