What Does Lgr Mean In Hockey? [Facts!]

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The hockey world was shocked this week when news of Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney trading away several of his top-notch draft picks for the chance to win the lottery and select Connor McDavid in the 2018 NHL draft. It’s fair to say that Sweeney’s move was a risk since he was essentially gambling that the highly coveted draft pick would pan out for his team rather than for another outfit. After all, in hockey, you never know what might happen on any given day.

But in what was a huge blow to the hockey world, Sweeney’s bet did not pay off. The Colorado Avalanche ended up selecting Gabriel Landeskog first overall in the 2018 draft, a player who had ranked No. 2 on Sweeney’s list. Then the Detroit Red Wings, whose No. 1 overall pick was to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs, selected Joe Veleno instead. Finally, the Calgary Flames picked Austin Matthews at No. 5 overall, a player who had been projected to go in the top three of the draft.

While the moves made by Sweeney and the Avalanche were bold, the outcome was all but certain. After all, even before the 2018 draft, the odds were already heavily stacked in favor of McDavid’s meteoric rise to stardom. As the youngest player (21) to make the NHL All-Star Game in 2017, McDavid set a record previously held by Jonathan Toews for most goals by a Blackhawks rookie. Undoubtedly, McDavid’s name will be etched in the history books not only for his immense talent but also for his ability to keep on scoring goals.

Key Takeaway

While Sweeney was unable to pull off the ultimate hat trick and secure all three of his desired picks, his moves can be considered a success since McDavid is a game-breaking talent who will surely light up the league. As for the other two picks, Veleno’s a good third-line center and Matthews is a solid two-way defenseman. Still, the tradeoff for missing out on Connor McDavid was certainly steep.

Sweeney’s gamble paid off, and it could not have happened to a more deserving GM. As for the rest of the NHL team owners, they will have to wait until the 2019 NHL draft to see if they will win the lottery and land another superstar in the making.

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