Saturday, July 30, 2005

Scouting 'Em Out

In January of 2003 I had a chance to watch then fifteen year old Sydney Crosby play hockey and I opined:

Perhaps even more impressive than his five points were a couple of passes he made, including a back-handed cross-ice saucer pass that had NHL written all over it. Remember this kid's name. You might be hearing it a lot in the future.

Two and half years later, guess who was the #1 pick in today's NHL draft?

As expected, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Crosby first overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.

Crosby, who turns 18 on Aug. 7, is the most anticipated hockey prospect in years. The prodigious forward was a star with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during the past two seasons.

One other draft note: two Minnesota kids were taken in the first round today (three if you count Brian Lee who hails from Fargo and played at Moorhead). Anyone want to guess how many Colorado natives went that early?

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