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How have top picks delivered in recent years?

Updated: October 23, 2008, 5:05 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

The general manager of the winning team in the lottery for the NHL's No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 entry draft will celebrate as if he'd just discovered that the lotto ticket in his wallet matched all the numbers … after 37 consecutive weeks in which no one hit the jackpot.

The prize will be Oshawa Generals superstar John Tavares, who was born only five days after the cutoff eligibility date for the 2008 draft and likely would be capable not only of playing in the league this ...

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