1. Washington - Ovechkin - Obvious choice. 2. Pittsburgh - Malkin - the other obvious choice 3. Chicago - Andrew Ladd - Chicago wants a forward, preferably a left winger with size and an edge to his game. Having depth on the blueline among their prospects they pass on Cam Barker. While Tukonen was the other possibility, the Hawks need depth on the left side. However if the Hawks really feel that Radulov isn't going to pan out as expected I believe they'd take Tukonen instead. 4. Columbus - Cam Barker - Lacking a true stud defensive prospect, Columbus changes that by selecting the best defensive prospect in the draft. A no-brainer for GM DM. 5. Phx - Alvaro Montoya - For reasons known only to Mike Barnett and some Gretzky character, Phx surprises some and picks Montoya in the 5 slot. While some thought they would address their need for depth at the left wing slot, they choose not to, being enamored of Montoya's athleticism and big game pedigree. 6. NY Rangers - Lauri Tukonen - The Rangers had a choice between Olesz and Tukonen and were frightened by Olesz' concussion issue. Needing prospects at every position the Rangers were able to pick the BPA who they feel is Tukonen, although they were also contemplating Schremp. 7. The Florida Panthers have asked for time to evaluate a trade proposal for the 7th overall pick... (Blues offering up either Tkachuk or Weight depending on several circumstances....) after being unable to agree to terms on a restructured contract with the player in question Florida selects Radislav Olesz with the 7th pick overall. 8. Carolina Hurricanes - the host team is proud to select, with the 8th overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, from the London Knights of the OHL, Robbie Schremp. After landing a great young player last year in Eric Staal, the Canes hope they have the same succes with this years pick, the gifted but perhaps difficult Robbie Schremp. If he realizes his potential he could be among the top 2 or 3 players to come out of this draft class. 9. The Mighty Ducks have asked for time to consider a trade offer for the 9th overall pick. Passing on the offer and seeing that most of the high end offensive forwards have been taken, the Ducks select A.J. Thelen, from Michigan State. 10. The Atlanta Thrashers have traded the number 10 overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft to the St.Louis Blues for Pavol Demitra and future considerations. With the 10th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft the St.Louis Blues select goaltender Marek Schwarz from Sparta Praha. 11. L.A. Kings - The exceedingly furious L.A. Kings, desperate to draft either Montoya or Schwarz but seeing both of them taken before LA could get a chance to draft them, have asked for time and some aspirin. Having contemplated a series of trade scenarios the Kings make a somewhat surprising pick of Cory Schneider, from Philips-Andover H.S. The Kings contemplated choosing Dubnyk, they feel Schneider has a higher upside and will be the surprise steal of the 2004 first round. 12. Minnesota Wild - Seeking to add some offensive depth to their forward prospects the Wild select, from Lewiston in the QMJHL, Alexandre Picard. While Radulov is seen by some as having a potentially greater upside Minnesota, noted for a gritty, two way team style that demands adherence to the system, picks the more coachable Picard, who doesn't lack for offensive talent, either. 13. Buffalo Sabres - Seeking a defensive prospect with the highest upside the Buffalo Sabres, contemplating their options between Valabik, Meszaros, Smid and Green choose Valabik with the 13th overall pick, thereby selecting perhaps the least NHL ready of all the prospects but Buffalo believes that if he develops fully he will be the most dominant in the long run. 14 Edmonton Oilers - The Oilers select Drew Stafford with the 14th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. 15. Nashville has asked for time to consider a trade offer. Passing on the trade offer Nashville looks for the BPA, as they have reasonably solid depth spread out among all positions in the system. After deciding that the need for a center with size is their most pressing, Nashville selects, from the Prince Albert (in a can) Raiders of the (WHL), Kyle Chipchura. 16. New York Islanders - The Islanders ask for time as they entertain trade offers from various teams. Milbury passes on the various offers and selects Mike Green from the Saskatoon Blades with the 15th overall pick. 17. St.Louis Blues - with their second pick in this years first round the St.Louis Blues select Lauri Korpikoski, from TPS Turku jr. 18. Montreal Canadiens - While originally planning on drafting for size at the center position and while they feel they have solid prospects at defense currently in the system Montreal feels they cannot pass on the BPA so with the 18th overall pick Montreal selects dman Ladislav Smid from HB Liberec, Czech Republic. 19. Calgary Flames - Dave Bolland, London Knights. Sutter seeks a gritty, two way forward. 20. Dallas Stars - the Stars seek the best offensive forward on the board with their pick at 20th overall. Therefore they select, from the Brampton Battalion, Wojtek Wolski. The Stars considered Radulov and Lisin but opted for Wolski due to his size and the fact that he is already playing in North America. 21. Colorado Avalanche - The Avalanche must replenish their group of forwards with the (potential) loss of Forsberg, Kariya and with Selanne most definately gone. So with the 21st overall pick they choose Jakub Sindel from Sparta Praha, Czech Republic. Fearing Radulov may be a flop and that Sindel posseses a more well rounded and developed game, Lacroix chooses the Czech prospect and hopes he has another Milan Hejduk on his hands. 22. New Jersey Devils - Surprising some folks once again and seeking size in and offensive upside in a forward, the Devils select Blake Wheeler from Breck HS. 23. Ottaw Senators - Blessed with excellent depth and youth all around the Sens seek the BPA at the 23rd slot and select Alexandre Radulov who's stock has surprising fallen here on draft day. 24. New York Rangers - With their second pick here in the first round of the 2004 Entry Draft, Glen Sather and the New York Rangers select Enver Lisin 25. Edmonton Oilers - Another team with two first round picks, Edmonton selects Devan Dubnyk from Kamloops, WHL. 26. Vancouver Canucks - Seeking the best defensive prospect on the board when their pick is up the Canucks select Jeff Schultz from the Calgary Hitmen. 27. Washington Capitals- Continuing with this years trend of multiple picks in the first round are the Caps who select Johan Fransson of Lulea HF. 28. San Jose Sharks - SJ selects Roman Voloshenko 29. Washington Capitals - Washington selects Travis Zajac, somewhat of a surprise pick at 29th overall. Washington feels Zajac has a great combination of size and offensive upside and if he develops will be worthy of being a first round pick and will compliment franchise forwards Ovechkin nicely as well. 30. Tampa Bay - With the last pick in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning are proud to select David Shantz, G, from Mississauga, OHL.