First, the good news: There have been no internal discussions as to how to handle the 2013 NHL draft order in case the lockout wipes out the entire season, according to an NHL source involved in the CBA negotiations. Even as frustration builds over a potential lost season, the hope from those negotiating is that it still won't come to that.
But if it does, decisions will have to be made as to how to determine the order of a draft some view as generational. Does your team need a franchise forward? Nathan MacKinnon could be the answer. And then there's Seth Jones, an American defenseman with legitimate star power, who will push MacKinnon all year to be the No. 1 pick.
Determining which teams get the chance to select these potential game-changing players, however, is not so straightforward -- particularly if the season is ultimately lost to the lockout.
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