There's been a lot of speculation about whether or not the Devils will give up their first round pick in 2013 or 2014 as part of the penalties that resulted from the Kovalchuk signing. I've heard a lot of arguments either way, but there's one major argument that I think we've all overlooked (if this has been brought up before please let me know.)
No Devil has ever worn the number 13. In fact, in franchise history the number was only worn for two seasons by Robin Burns, from 1974 to 1976, as a member of the Kansas City Scouts. However, since moving to New Jersey and being named the Devils, no one has been given the superstitious number.
Draft picks in this years draft will be given the first ever officially produced by the organization jerseys with the number 13 on them. Could it be that Lou would maintain the superstitious practice rooted in triskaidekaphobia and avoid having to bring irreparable psychokinetic harm upon a first round pick?
But what about our other six picks? We've already traded away our third rounder as part of the Zidlicky deal. That still leaves five unfortunate souls who will have to tempt fate with the Devil and the number 13. Would Lou risk it at all? Would he trade away all of his remaining picks just to avoid having to ever print a Devils jersey with the number 13 on it?
Am I being completely crazy? Is this even remotely plausible? Has anyone brought this up before?
As a final note, only one other current NHL team has never allowed a player to wear the number 13: The Minnesota Wild.