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NHL robs itself of excitement ... again

Updated: March 24, 2005, 9:04 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

For the sheer spectacle -- from the unbridled joy to the crushing disappointment -- it's hard to beat the National Hockey League's annual entry draft.

Unlike the other three major professional sports leagues, every year the NHL gathers en masse to meet, greet and celebrate its new crop of stars. Scouts and agents, players and their families -- and yes, even fans -- in one big, nervous, nationally televised pep rally.

For a league that does so much wrong, the draft has been worthy of ...

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