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A tale of two Stefan Nilssons

In the 12th round of the 1988 NHL entry draft, the Vancouver Canucks drafted 20-year-old Swedish forward Stefan Nilsson. This came as a surprise to the Calgary Flames because earlier that day — in the seventh round of the 1988 NHL entry draft — they also had drafted 20-year-old Swedish forward Stefan Nilsson.

When the Flames demanded an explanation from the league, they were informed that there were actually two 20-year-old Swedish forward Stefan Nilssons in that year’s draft. The Flames, according to the possibly apocryphal story that has made the rounds ever since, had accidentally picked the wrong one. They wanted this guy.

 

I swear to you, something very close to this happened in my office several years back.

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That's definitely a Flames move to accidentally draft the wrong guy, so there might be some truth to that part.

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The Flames drafted one of two guys with one name, the Sabres drafted one of zero guys with another name, it all averages out in the end...

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Jim Rutherford has been given a 3 yr extension then traded Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson 

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