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Thread: Sidney Crosby Picked #1 By Penguins

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    Sidney Crosby Picked #1 By Penguins

    I see that Sidney Crosby was picked #1 by the Penguins, and he is being hailed as the next "great one" in the line of Gretzky and Lemieux. But will he be the next great one or the next great bust like Eric Lindros? I don't yet have a handle on how good this kid will be. Something tells me he will be disappointing, in terms of being a great one, but will be just a very good player like Pat LaFontaine.

    Some exciting rules changes!!!!!! There will now be automatic shootouts, no more ties. Goalie's pads and equipment are now reduced by rule, and the goalie's movements are now also decreased outside the crease. They did not take the stick away from the goalies and expand the nets, as I had hoped. I also believe that the increased the line space so that there will be a lot more power play goals because teams will have more room to operate on the power play.

    Goal scoring is going up!

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    Crosby

    Hey EB,

    I believe today was just the draft lottery to determine what the order will be for the official draft. Like you said ; Pittsburgh will pick number one. I have to believe they will pick Crosby. The official draft is july 30th.

    I work in Montreal and today, everyone in the rest area was by the tv to see if by miracle Montreal would get the first pick. We get number 5. Still very good. We were the last of the "1 ball" teams to go. Good for Pittsburgh, they need someone like Crosby to make the team good again. I don't know if they had problems with attendance, I guess they won't have those now. I hope Lemieux will take him under his wing.

    I also believe that Crosby will not be the superstar. At least not in the first few years. I think he will develop with time. But not be a flop like Daigle. And I also like the rule changes so far.

    I think I heard that one of the US markets just cut the price for seats in half. I hope others will follow and bring back the fans. Although I don't believe teams in Canada will do this.

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    Watching Crosby center Lemieux will be worth the one year hiatus from hockey....He is certainly the real deal, his on ice vision is the best since Gretzky.

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    Crosby

    I am pretty sure Crosby will be a star. And there is nothing wrong in being the next Pat LaFontaine as if it weren't from Gretzky and Lemieux, he would have won at least one scoring title. But I certainly think he'll be better than that: learning under Lemieux's wing. This guy is no Daigle or Lindros as he is grounded, focused, determined and most of all, he adores playing hockey. Crosby is simply too good to be true.

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    Crosby-a very good prospect

    I think Crosby will be a notch better than Pat Lafontaine. I've had the opportunity to see him play this year in the World Junior Hockey Championship that was held, i think, in North Dakota, allowing me to get a good look at him and at what he's capable of doing on the ice. In that respect, he reminds me a lot of Peter Forsberg, as he seems pretty physically solid on the ice, despite his average stature, capable of playing very well on both ends of the ice and delivering some hard, solid body checks, seemingly not afraid of going in the corners and getting physical. In that sense, he also reminds me of Pavel Buré who, despite his size, is capable of delivering body checks as hard as a guy who's 6'3'' and over 200 lbs. I, therefore, share the view of those who think he'll be the best player in the the league, once he'll have reached his peak. I'm a bit disappointed, though, that he's going to be chosen by Pittsburgh, for i find it kinda frustrating to see that Pittsburgh will have picked out the 2 best players from the draft- Lemieux and Crosby- in the last 25 years, that is, since wayne Gretzky... . I also think he'll be a darling with the local fans as he seems to have a very appealling look and personality, which will surely help to put people back in the stands.

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    rule changes

    On the whole, i'm in favour of the NHL's new rule changes, only i find that perhaps it would have been best if they had phased them in instead over a period of a few years. My concern is that with the addition of all these rule changes at once, the purists will have a hard time getting acclimated to the new changes. My first and only rule changes, had i been Betman, would have been the elimination of the red line at centre ice and the downsizing of goalie equipment, but as for the rest of the changes i would have waited a little longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train
    I'm sure he will be great , but let's not forget the kid is still a teenager . He will need at least 3 years in the league to be really good.
    I tottally agree with that. Kovalchuk is not that much older and dominated games in his second season. A player reach his peak normally at 25-26-27. But like you said, after two or three years, we'll know wgat kind of player Crosby will be. But as of now, this guy is flawless mentally and has a mind-blowing talent.

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    Rule changes

    I don't care about the purists of hockey. Over-strategizing is throwing the sport down the toilet. It takes drastic measures to save it and I welcome these new rules with open arms. We have to remember that many changes has been made to the game over NHL's history. Now, the league is at a turning point for its future and it has to do everything it can to open the game. Even if there is no more goals, if rules are applied by referees, a fast 1-0 games would be spectacular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steak
    Even if there is no more goals, if rules are applied by referees, a fast 1-0 games would be spectacular.
    That's a one-million dollar question, Steak . You know that the umpires won't start applying the rules by the book as they should and like we see in other sports. In fact, the real problem in hockey may have nothing to do with goalie pad size and red line, but rather with the fact that the refs don't have the balls to call "an infraction an infraction", leading to clutch-and-grab hockey at will which in turn leads to the drafting of goons and less-talented players with the aim of slowing the game down. So, you see, the root cause of the NHL's woes may be more ref-related than anything else .

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    Quote Originally Posted by femaleluver
    So, you see, the root cause of the NHL's woes may be more ref-related than anything else .

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    Everyone agrees on that. But to sell the products which declined in quality the past decade, they have to stop this wwe-like referee BS. And I am pretty sure they will. Jacques Lemaire, who was an offensive player and who mastered the trap, said too that the application of rules by the umpires is the ONLY way to open the game. And if this happens, I cannot wait to see Crosby playing alongside Lemieux, Morozov/Malkin/Recchi.

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    [QUOTE=steakBut to sell the products which declined in quality the past decade, they have to stop this wwe-like referee BS. And I am pretty sure they will. [/QUOTE]

    I wouldn't hold my breath...
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    I feel as though Crosby will have the crap beaten out of him like LaFontaine did when he played for the Islanders. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to absorb the punishment or whether he will end up like LaFontaine.

    I feel as though Pittsburgh is sitting on a potential dynasty as in the last 3 drafts they have selected 2 overall #1 picks (the goalie Fleury and Crosby) and an overall #2 (some Russian dude they picked last year who is very highly regarded). This could be a team like the Edmonton Oilers teams of the early and mid 1980s, in a few short years.

    Pittsburgh is potentially a great hockey town, but they need a new arena and it is questionable whether Lemieux will get it. I have heard he has no money. Therefore, this talent may all end up matriculating in another city, the most likely candidates being Seattle or Milwaukee.

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    relocation

    if any of the weak US teams can't get their act together business wise then they will be relocated but not to any more US destinations .... there is a strong movement to reinvest in Canada where hockey is king among sports .... therefore the top two locations for relocation will be Winnipeg or Quebec City

    Nashville, Columbus, Atlanta and Pittsburgh are at the top of the list for relocation ... though Crosby may add new life to Pittsburgh making them survive yet again
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    Crosby

    The Penguins just need to get a player to protect him a bit. He'll learn a hell of a lot by playing with Mario. By the time he becomes a free agent and comes to Montreal he'll be well seasoned and just really coming into his own. I feel that removing the two line pass will eliminate a lot of the neutral zone holding and grabbing and the return of the tag-up ofside will also help. These are rules that the refs really have no say in, it's not like penalties as they have no discretion in the matter. One thing that I disagree with is limiting the goalies handling of the puck, they should be allowed to do what they want but they should be free game to get hit if they choose to leave the crease. I really haven't gone over all the changes yet so maybe my opinions will be refined once I do but so far things are looking good for an interesting season. One more thing...if they're going to use the shootout they should just remove the overtime completely as it will be a waste of time, teams will just play out the ot to get to the shootout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Seeker
    ... there is a strong movement to reinvest in Canada where hockey is king among sports .... therefore the top two locations for relocation will be Winnipeg or Quebec City
    I would doubt it very much as they both had franchises in the past that proved to be non-viable. This may sound bold- or dumb?- but i wouldn't be at all surprised if the NHL would create a European division, in part to try to stem the development of pro hockey there and the potential danger of losing top players due to heftier, more lucrative contracts.

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