Kevin Allen of the USA Today ran an original six fantasy draft using today’s players.
The panel of six former NHL players, coaches and general managers were – Craig Button (Boston Bruins), Eddie Olczyk (Chicago Blackhawks), Doug MacLean (Detroit Red Wings), Pierre McGuire (Montreal Canadiens), Tom Laidlaw (New York Rangers) and Neil Smith (Toronto Maple Leafs) —
Four Penguins were picked: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc Andre Fleury and Kris Letang.
A sign of how far Sidney Crosby’s stock has fallen in the eyes of these former coaches/GM’s – Crosby was not drafted until round three at 14th overall. Six centers were picked ahead of Crosby – Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, Claude Giroux –
When it comes to McDavid, Toews, Tavares, Seguin and Bergeron, it’s hard to make a case for Crosby.
Evgeni Malkin was selected in round 4 at 19th overall.
Marc Andre Fleury was selected in round 20. Kris Letang was selected in round 23, the fourth to last player to be selected.