So here's the grand conspiracy theory.
Pat Brisson, super agent to the stars, becomes the new GM of the Montreal Canadiens.
His star client, Sidney Crosby, follows him as a unrestricted free agent to the Habs in the summer of 2013. You know, the same Montreal team that drafted his father, Troy.
And we all know how hockey fans, particularly Canadian hockey fans, love conspiracy chatter.
For now, while the Habs figure out exactly who will be designated master of all hockey operations in Montreal, we'll have to do with the race for 29th.
Let's face it, Columbus can't be caught for 30th. They're dug in, and will have the greatest chance of getting the first overall pick in the 2012 entry draft.
But you've got Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Minnesota all bunched in pretty tightly after the Jackets, vying to get the best pick possible.
Odd thing is, this might not be the year to be No. 1. Or at least in theory, you might be just as well off picking fifth.
Here's the layout. The two top picks are both forwards and Russians, Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko. Columbus, after Nikolai Zherdev and Nikita Filatov, may prefer to take neither. If they don't move the pick, its at least possible that rock-solid Everett defenceman Ryan Murray could go No. 1. Murray isn't flashy, but he'll play.
If other teams that follow are as leery of possible KHL defections by Yakupov and Grigorenko as many teams are, both could fall. Well, fall a little.
Swedish forward Filip Forsberg, a strong two-way centre, is there. So is Kitchener centre Radek Faksa. Then you get into the other defencemen. If Edmonton goes at No. 2, do they finally start filling out positions and go for strapping, hometown Oil Kings blueliner Griffin Reinhart?
So in theory, a team picking fourth, fifth or sixth might get a shot at Grigorenko, and maybe even Yakupov. It might not be worth it to move up in the draft order. In fact, it might make the most sense to try and move down.
Weird year, particularly with top prospects like Alex Galchenyuk and Morgan Rielly injured for lengthy periods, and players like Ottawa 67s D-man Cody Ceci rocketing up the charts.
With the Leafs, Habs, Oilers, Jets and Flames all likely out of the playoff mix, much of the chatter in Canada won't be about the post-season, that's for sure.