#1 Overall, Times Three
Each of the last three #1 overall picks played in this game, with John Tavares skating for the Isles with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins skating for the Oilers. It's the first time since 1990 that the last three #1 picks, all forwards, played in the same game. In the 1990-91 season, Minnesota (with Mike Modano) faced Quebec (with Owen Nolan and Mats Sundin).
In 2005-06, Washington and Pittsburgh played games with Alex Ovechkin playing for Washington and Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby playing for Pittsburgh.
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