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The Noon Number: Mass Mutual Respect

A look at a bevy of top picks in the East

NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

7 - Number of first overall picks that play for teams in the MassMutual East Division, including 2020 top pick Alex Lafreniere, who the Caps will see for the first time when they face the Rangers tonight.

The other number ones in the division are Alex Ovechkin (WSH, 2004), Sidney Crosby (PIT, 2005), Taylor Hall (EDM, 2010, now with Buffalo), Nico Hischier (NJD, 2017), Rasmus Dahlin (BUF, 2018) and Jack Hughes (NJD, 2018). For those of you keeping score at home, that’s seven of the NHL’s 18 active first overall picks (with another eight #2s as well: the Rangers’ Kappo Kakko; Philly’s Nolan Patrick and James van Riemsdyk; Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Eric Staal; Jersey’s Ryan Murray; and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin).