#7 – Draft day magic
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“No one is leaving Boston with both Sedins except me.” Former Canucks general manager Brian Burke couldn’t have made a bolder statement heading into the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He stood behind his word as two months of wheeling and dealing came to a dramatic and franchise altering conclusion with Vancouver drafting both second and third taking Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Here’s how one of the biggest draft day moves ever went down (the Canucks went in holding the 3rd pick): first Vancouver sent Bryan McCabe and a 2000 first-round pick to Chicago for the 4th overall pick; then the 4th pick and a pair of third-rounders went to Tampa Bay for the 1st overall selection; next that 1st pick went to Atlanta for the 2nd pick under the condition the Thrashers wouldn’t take a Sedin. According to Burke, the whole thing came together about 15 minutes before the draft started; who knows where Vancouver would be had it not.