Special Sub-Topic: 2005 NHL Entry Draft
|Who was the 1st overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Sidney Crosby & Crosby. Crosby was most likely the most hyped prospect to come along since Eric Lindros. Crosbymania grew even more when Wayne Gretzky said that Crosby would be the one to break his NHL records. The Pittsburgh Penguins were lucky enough to win the draft lottery and the right to pick Crosby.
|Who was the 2nd overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Bobby Ryan. Ryan, who was born Bobby Stevenson, was one of the most highly-touted Americans to come along in a few years. The right winger was picked second overall by Brian Burke and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
|Who was the 3rd overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Jack Johnson. Johnson, already considered one of the best defensemen in U.S. college hockey in his freshman year, was a punishing hitter who contributed offensively as well. He made headlines during the 2006 World Junior Championship after delivering a cheap shot on Canada's Steve Downie. Johnson was selected third overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.
|Who was the 4th overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Benoit Pouliot. Pouliot, who was expected to go as high as second overall, slipped to number 4, where the Minnesota Wild gladly snatched him up. A late bloomer, the centre enjoyed a breakout season with the OHL's Sudbury Wolves in 2004-05.
|Who was the 5th overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Carey Price & Price. Price, of the WHL's Tri-City Americans, was picked by the Montreal Canadiens in a controversial move. Many Habs fans were irate at the selection of Price, as the organization was already deep in goaltending and several big forwards were still available.
|Who was the 6th overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Gilbert Brule. Brule, who at one point during the season was being compared to Crosby, saw his stock drop due to injury and was picked 6th by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The centre began the year in Columbus but suffered a serious injury and was sent back to junior.
|Who was the 7th overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Jack Skille. Skille was part of a core of young American talent that had taken the scouting world by storm. The skilled right winger played a crucial role for Team USA in the 2006 World Juniors and was picked 7th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.
|Who was the 8th overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Devin Setoguchi. Setoguchi's selection at 8th overall by the San Jose Sharks came as a shock to many observers. The right winger from the Western Hockey League was expected to go somewhere around 20th. Setoguchi just missed the cut for Canada's World Junior team.
|Who was the 9th overall pick in the 2005 draft?|
Brian Lee. Lee was also a bit of a surprise pick. At 9th overall, the Ottawa Senators could have chosen other high-ranked defensemen such as Luc Bourdon and Marc Staal, but went with Lee. The Minnesota native also played a big role for Team USA.
|Marc Staal was the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft.|
False. Staal, brother of Carolina Hurricane Eric, was picked 12th by the New York Rangers. The Vancouver Canucks had the 10th pick and chose another defenseman, Luc Bourdon of the QMJHL's Val-d'Or Foreurs. Both were outstanding for Team Canada at the WJC and were huge factors in the team's gold medal victory.
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