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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.
After back-to-back finishes near the bottom of the standings and dwindling home attendance, the Pittsburgh Penguins went to the 1984 NHL Draft with the first pick and a lot of hope.