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whom would you select with the No. 1 Draft Pick
Pierre McGuire
May 14, 2001
LW Ilja KovalchukSPARTAKThe Central Scouting Service's top-ranked European skater is praised for his explosiveness and speed. At the World Junior Championships the 6'2", 202-pounder led Russia with four goals and two assists.
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May 14, 2001

Whom Would You Select With The No. 1 Draft Pick

LW Ilja Kovalchuk
SPARTAK
The Central Scouting Service's top-ranked European skater is praised for his explosiveness and speed. At the World Junior Championships the 6'2", 202-pounder led Russia with four goals and two assists.

C Jason Spezza
WINDSOR SPITFIRES
The Central Scouting Service's top-ranked North American skater is praised for his creativity and savvy. At the World Junior Championships the 6'2", 214-pounder led Canada with three goals and two assists.

THE VERDICT: Spezza's steadier and more NHL-ready, but we'd take the emotional Kovalchuk for his better upside because of his skating.

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