Ottawa has been compensated for their loss of a true entry draft this season. Some may moan about the loss of seeing Sidney Crosby slip on his first NHL jersey in the Corel Centre, but it is the fairest possible way for the NHL to give back.Ottawa will host the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in the Senators’ home arena, the Corel Centre. Although the building will not see the likes of Crosby, Jack Johnson, Benoit Pouliot, and Gilbert Brule getting chosen, future prospects will call that arena the place they were awarded their first jerseys in pro hockey.
Gary Bettman and the rest of the league were fair in seeing that this year’s draft (which will be held in Ottawa’s Westin Hotel on July 30th) was streamlined and Ottawa, which had been extremely excited about the, “Crosby Draft,” needed a legitimate league event to take place in their city. Sens president Roy Mlakar had said that he really wanted an All-Star Game to come to Canada’s capital, but is excited about the draft being awarded to, “Hockey Country.”