Okay, I have my reasons, because I was there at the time and the 1998 draft turned out to be a pretty good one and even at the time I thought had a lot of interesting names. Lecavalier was a lock to be #1. Well, sort of. David Legwand had a remarkable year in the OHL and the idea was that he was close to Lecavalier but I never saw it to be honest. Legwand never impressed me in the OHL or the NHL and I watched him play in junior live. Either way, Lecavalier with 115 points goes 1st overall. His team the Rimouski Oceanic had another centre named Brad Richards who scored 115 points also. In the QMJHL there was also Ramzi Abid who scored 135 points and Mike Ribeiro who scored 125. All in their draft years. Wow, crazy numbers too. Now, I get why Abid didn't cut it and why he dropped to 28th overall in 1998. His skating was awfully bad and even cutting it as an enforcer or a power forward wasn't good enough. Ribeiro was small and played small and while he had a good career this was almost a sin to be small in the 1990s when every GM wanted the next Lindros. So I see why he was drafted at 45th overall. But even knowing part of the reasons why Richards went 64th overall in 1998, it still doesn't make sense to me, and didn't then either. Richards was not big. He was at best 6'0" and maybe 190lbs. Not small, but not big. Plus he may have "played small" to the liking of some scouts. It is my understanding that Lecavalier is the one that convinced the Lightning to pick his teammate with their 3rd pick. I just don't know how he lasted so long. I can see the factors looking back on it, but it still doesn't add up to slipping to 64th. I am sure they felt Lecavalier was the reason Richards got a lot more room on the ice and could fly under the radar with a superstar teammate taking a lot of the workload and that with him gone he'd be exposed (think Marc Pouliot without Sidney Crosby). But even with that risk, how do you think he ended up so low? The following season he had 130 points but still got snubbed by Canada for the World Juniors, then 186 while eventually leading his team to the Memorial Cup. Then started in the NHL the following year and personally I thought he had the makings of a great playmaker in the NHL and to an extent he was. Any other reasons why you think he dropped to 64th with that sort of production?