Horay for sportsnet.ca's draft table (because tsn.ca freezes up my web browser).
Well it's official, Mario has a new friend. I still say it's great Crosby is going to the Pens, and I think if they grab a couple of seasoned veterans they could make some noise this year.
As of yet, the Ducks haven't traded the #2 pick, but rumors are swirling. If they do trade it, my money is on the Flyers or Aves (the Aves have a rep for draft day deals, it stems from when they were in Quebec).
EDIT: Well, Brule was availible, but instead The Habs chose to draft Carey Price, a goalie from the WHL. I'm a bit suprised, as Theo's got a few years left in him, but it does give flexibility. If Price is as good as everyone says he is, in a couple years we'll have some good depth in goal, which one can never argue with. The more I'm seeing this draft develop, the more I'm thinking this could be the best draft class in a very long time.
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I really, really wish the NHL would go back to drafting 20-year olds. Every year at draft time there is huge hype about the future superstars, and every season the 18- and 19-year olds fail to make an impact. Drafting a kid at 18 depends way too much on luck -- scouts just can't tell how far a 17-year old will develop in five years time.
It's usually a player's third or fourth season before he starts to break out. Let the AHL draft the 18-year olds, or let them play in college or Europe. Then the NHL teams could draft them when they could immediately step into the lineup.
I think Crosby will get 40 points tops this year in Pittsburg, and I'm also sure someone in my hockey draft will pick him when there's still dependable 80 point players around.
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Well, if Crosby ends up on the same line as Mario (pretty likely, IMO), he's going to get a damn lot more than 40 points. What's the record for rookie scoring (I'm presuming Gretzky has it)?
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Originally posted by Big BadWell, if Crosby ends up on the same line as Mario (pretty likely, IMO), he's going to get a damn lot more than 40 points. What's the record for rookie scoring (I'm presuming Gretzky has it)?
The rookie goal-scoring record is 76 goals, held by Teemu Selanne. I'm not sure about points, Selanne might have it too.
Wayne Gretzky wasn't considered a rookie by the NHL when he entered the league, as he'd already played a season in the WHA before that rival league folded and was absorbed into the NHL. He was deemed ineligible for the Calder Trophy as a result, but still tied for the league scoring lead with Marcel Dionne, scoring 137 points.
Ironically, it was Forbes that accused the NHL of hiding revenues/losses like those of which you described above. (On a side note, I totally forgot that Bret Hart sold the Hitmen until you reminded me!)