Date: June 24, 2011. Location: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minn. First round of the NHL draft. The first six selections have been made. Mark Chipman steps up to the podium. The transfer of the Atlanta Thrashers has just been approved. Rumors abound as to the name of the relocated franchise. The large contingent of Winnipeg fans in attendance responds boisterously to the owner’s announcement of the selection by the “Winnipeg Jets.” Mark Scheifele becomes a player who immediately goes under the microscope as the first choice of the new team.
As soon as Scheifele and the Jets contingent leaves the podium, the next order of selection is announced as a pick “the Columbus Blue Jackets transferred to the Philadelphia Flyers.” On the day prior to the 2011 draft, the Flyers stunned the hockey ...
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