"I honestly don't know what we would have done," Patrick said. "The year before, Ovechkin was the definite top pick. But Malkin got so much better that year. He really started to close the gap. We really didn't care if we had the first or second pick. We thought that highly of Malkin."
Craig Patrick recently came to town for the Rangers game (since Columbus is scouting for possible Nash throwbacks obviously), and Josh Yohe took the opportunity to ask Patrick some questions, ranging from the state of the franchise to the new arena. The topic of Evgeni Malkin came up, and Craig Patrick said he's not so sure he wouldn't have taken Malkin if the Pens won the 2004 lottery.