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Is too much draft hype a bad thing?

Updated: May 22, 2009, 6:25 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

With the 2009 draft a little over a month away, I'm wondering about the recent slight diminishment of enthusiasm about London Knights center John Tavares as the automatic, no-brainer, by-acclamation, no-need-for-discussion, obvious, wisest choice for the New York Islanders with the No. 1 overall pick.

Is this a natural product of the relentless spotlight on an 18-year-old, and the onset of a natural cynical reaction to what so long had been considered a "given"? I mean, if you stare long ...

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