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Ovechkin thinks he'll be No. 1 pick in fantasy draft

Friday, 01.28.2011 / 7:45 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

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Ovechkin thinks he'll be No. 1 pick in fantasy draft
The last time Alex Ovechkin was in Raleigh for a draft, he was taken No. 1 overall at the 2004 Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.

Almost seven years later, he could be the No. 1 pick again.

Ovechkin is on the short list of potential players who could be taken first at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco. He's got a big advantage with teammate Mike Green serving as an alternate on Team Staal.

"I told Greener he's probably going to pick me," Ovechkin said less than hour before the draft. "So we'll probably be on the same team."

Nicklas Lidstrom said he had an idea of what he was going to do if he has the first pick, but wouldn't give specifics.

"I have some ideas. I have to run them by my assistants at first," Lidstrom said. "I got some general ideas."

Would he lean toward offense or take a fellow blueliner?

"This is a high-scoring game, so I think that says a lot about who you're going to pick," Lidstrom said.

"You can't go wrong with any of the players that are here. They're all All-Star players for a reason.

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