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by Paul on 06/21/12 at 01:28 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
David Poile remembers vividly his first NHL draft.
He was on the floor at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montreal when the expansion Vancouver Canucks—a team being led by Poile’s father, Bud—and their expansion brethren from Buffalo were about to find out who would get the first pick in the 1970 draft.
Then-commissioner Clarence Campbell spun a giant roulette wheel and announced the Canucks would have the first pick, one that was destined to go to future Hall of Famer Gilbert Perreault. But Sabres GM Punch Imlach took a closer look at the wheel and pointed out that the leather strap was still on the panel that said Buffalo Sabres.
And so it was that Perreault became a Sabre and Dale Tallon, now the GM of the Florida Panthers, would become a Vancouver Canuck.
Such are the vagaries of the draft.
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