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Penguins Success Means Hossa Pick Falls

Because the Pittsburgh Penguins have made the Stanley Cup Finals, the 2008 1st rounder the Thrashers obtained from Pittsburgh will fall to either 29th or 30th. Under the current rules the Stanley Cup champion picks last in the 1st round and the Stanley Cup runner up picks 2nd to last.

If the Penguins had been eliminated prior to the finals, the Hossa pick would ranked 26th or 27th (Pittsburgh finished tied with Anaheim), so the Thrashers will move down about three spots toward closer to the bottom of the 1st round.