THE SIDNEY CROSBY ERA BEGINS Crosby will skate alongside Mario Lemieux next season
CBC Sports Online | Last updated July 30, 2005
The Penguins' top pick, Sidney Crosby (CP File Photo)
Hockey phenom Sidney Crosby officially slipped into a Pittsburgh Penguins sweater on Saturday.
As expected, the Penguins selected the teenager from Cole Harbour, N.S., with the top pick in the 2005 NHL entry draft.
Although just 17 years old, Crosby is already being billed as the
game's next superstar. Some even think he will be the next Wayne
Gretzky. Crosby joins a Penguins team that already includes Mario
Lemieux, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players ever to
lace up a pair of hockey skates.
"He's really a tremendous young man, and that's most important,"
Gretzky recently told CBC News.
The Penguins earned the right to select Crosby by winning the NHL's draft lottery last week. The lottery process was a departure from recent years when only
the bottom five teams during the regular season had a shot at the
No. 1 pick.
Each of the league's 30 teams started with three balls and had a
shot at the No. 1 pick based on a weighted formula.
For every playoff appearance in the last three years, or a No. 1
overall draft pick over the last four years, a team lost a ball.
Each team had at least one ball in the draft barrel, which contained
48 balls in total.
Here are the results of the draft:
- Pittsburgh Penguins - Sidney
Crosby, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
- Anaheim Mighty Ducks - Bobby
Ryan, RW, Owen Sound (OHL)
- Carolina Hurricanes - Jack
Johnson, D, (U.S. National program)
- Minnesota Wild - Benoit
Pouliot, LW, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
- Montreal Canadiens - Carey
Price, G, Tri-City Americans (WHL)
- Columbus Blue Jackets - Gilbert
Brule, C, Vancouver Giants (WHL)
- Chicago Blackhawks - Jack
Skille, RW, (U.S. National program)
- San Jose Sharks (traded from Atlanta) - Devin
Setoguchi, RW, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
- Ottawa Senators - Brian
Lee, D, Moorhead High School
- Vancouver Canucks - Luc
Bourdon, D, Val d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
- Los Angeles Kings - Anze
Kopitar, C, Sodertalje SK jr. (Sweden)
- New York Rangers (traded from San Jose via
Atlanta) - Marc
Staal, D, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
- Buffalo Sabres - Marek
Zagrapan, C, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
- Washington Capitals - Sasha
Pokulok, D, Cornell University
- New York Islanders - Ryan
O'Marra, C, Erie Otters (OHL)
- Atlanta Trashers (traded from the New York Rangers)
Bourret, C, Lewiston MAINEiacs/now with Shawinigan (QMJHL)
- Phoenix Coyotes - Martin
Hanzal, C, HC Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic)
- Nashville Predators - Ryan
Parent, D, Guelph Storm (OHL)
- Detroit Red Wings - Jakub
Kindl, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
- Florida Panthers (traded from Philadelphia)
McArdle, LW, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
- Toronto Maple Leafs - Tuukka
Rask, G, Ilves Tampere (Finland)
- Boston Bruins - Matt
Lashoff, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
- New Jersey Devils - Nicklas
Bergfors, W, Sodertalje Jr. (Sweden)
- St. Louis Blues - T.J.
Oshie, C, Warroad High School
- Edmonton Oilers - Andrew
Cogliano, C, St. Michael's Buzzers
- Calgary Flames - Matt
Pelech, D, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
- Washington Capitals (traded from Colorado) - Joe
Finley, D, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
- Dallas Stars - Matt
Niskanen, D, Virginia-Mountain High School (USHSW)
- Philadelphia Flyers (traded from Florida) -
Downie, RW, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
- Tampa Bay Lightning - Vladimir
Mihalik, D, HK Dragon Presov (Slovakia 1)
|Second to Sidney
|Phenom Sidney Crosby
is the obvious first overall pick, but who's No. #2?