Imagine you’re the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and it’s the 2005 draft. You have the first overall pick and obviously, you’re going to go right for Sidney Crosby. But what if you could see the future? Would you still take him? There’s one other player in that draft year that would go on to dominate the NHL. Carey Price. There are upsides to both of them, as well as some negatives. Here, we’ll go over them.
First, let’s look at Sidney Crosby. You’d want to get him, because you know that he will definitely live up to expectations and become the best forward in the world. You know he’ll be immediately help and put up 39 goals and 63 assists in his rookie year. Within 10 years, he’ll have 853 points in 627 games (1.36 points per game). His best season (point wise) will be in 2006-2007 when he gets 120 points. You will also give him captaincy at age 19. Your team will make the playoffs every year after his rookie season, and make it to the second round twice, conference finals once, Stanley Cup finals twice (back to back years) and win one Stanley Cup in 2009. In the playoffs he’ll get 118 points in 100 games. Also, every season he plays more than 77 games, he’ll have more than 100 points, with exception of the 2014-2015 season.
But Crosby will unfortunately face many concussions. He will only play a total of 99 games from the 2010-2011 season to the 2012-2013 season. With all his injuries, his career could have to end earlier than expected.
Now for Carey Price. You’ll want to consider getting him because in about 9 years, he’ll easily be the best goalie in the world. In 2014-2015, he’ll have 44 wins, a save percentage of .933 and a goals against average of 1.96. But you won’t be winning a cup with him, unless things change further into the future (which is very possible!). I could go on listing his stats, but from 2013 to 21015 it’s clear that he’s an absolute beast. He’ll win the Jennings, Hart, Vezina and Lindsay award, in a single year. He’ll help you make the playoffs seven times, make it to the second round twice, the conference final twice, but no Stanley Cup Finals.
You might not want to draft Carey Price, as he would take much longer to develop.
So there you have it. Who do you draft? This comparison isn’t the most accurate, because it relies on Carey Price developing the exact same way he would on the Canadiens as he would on the Penguins. Also their careers are far from over so who knows if one of them might be absolutely horrible from now on (although that would probably not happen). It’s also comparing a goalie to a center. Please answer the poll down below in answer to who you’d draft. I’d draft Crosby, even though I’m a Canadiens fan.