nice to learn that Olie was there today - funny to see the description with the comment that Kolzig is from South Africa - yeah, I know he was born there, but talk about taking a bio point and typing something misleading
Even though my team is busy preparing for the finals, i can't help getting excited over next season. Hopefully he will work on his speed and explosiveness during the summer, and he should be fine, IMO.
As I recall...what got the discussion moving was the fact that Barry Melrose brought it up in one of his commentaries. Just did a quick Google search, and here's a piece that's pretty much like the ESPN discussion and the take we had on it at the time:
http://westerncollegehockey.blogspot.com/2006/04/nhl-draft-lottery.html That makes things very interesting for the Penguins at the second pick. Assuming Johnson goes first overall, that just leaves a lot of talented forwards. The Penguins are pretty set in terms of young forwards though with Sidney Crosby, Colby Armstrong, and Evgeni Malkin coming in next season. They may try to trade down and hope they can pick up some solid players or a lot of picks.
Again, as I recall...the most common scenario proposed (and I think it was C. Stanton who first proposed this) was Semin and a couple of picks. What gave this "legs" was a couple of things.
One: Semin wasn't exactly in favor with the team at that point, and we had plenty of picks available.
Secondly: Things were just rocky enough financially with the Pens to envision them looking to make a deal like this.
Often times, teams will just be looking to move up by exchanging picks. That, at the time, was (IMO) the most likely happening, should it have occurred...which, as we all know, it didn't.
Frankly, I wish we would've grabbed him, despite Semin's great year. Jordan's a solid, 2-way player with tremendus potential. Semin, as talented as he is, is a one-way player.
Oh well...spilled milk.
According to Washington Caps: Under Construction, 2006 Entry Draft (see youtube).
Pittsburgh was offered Jack Johnson straight up for the #2 pick. They turned it down. This in my mind was the greatest offer, and Ray Schero turned it down.