Daigle did receive Crosby like hype his draft year, you guys are forgetting the record contract signing that set a new standard for first round draft picks that Daigle and the Senators were responsible for. And he is among the top three players to make this list of the most anticipated draft picks in sports history: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top...t_picks.html#3
Back in 1993, everyone was talking about a French-Canadian kid playing for the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Alexandre Daigle was a young forward who dazzled scouts with his blazing speed and had all the markings of being the best player from the region since Mario Lemieux.
So when the expansion Ottawa Senators, desperate to find a franchise player who would help get their new arena built, finished last in the regular season and got the first overall pick, general manager Randy Sexton couldn't hide his excitement.
Rumours circulated the Sens threw their last few games in order to secure the pick, although the league couldn't prove it.
Ignoring such talents as Chris Pronger, Paul Kariya and Adam Deadmarsh, Sexton named Daigle as the No. 1 selection of the 1993 entry draft.
Unfortunately for the Sens, the media spotlight was a little too much for Daigle to handle.
Lacking the passion of his teammates, Daigle never managed more than 51 points in his 4 ½ seasons with the Senators and struggled with three more teams before retiring for two seasons to live in Hollywood.
Claiming he wanted to play again, Daigle made a comeback in 2002. In 2003-04, he scored 20 goals and 51 points to lead the Minnesota Wild in scoring, but it looks like the burden of being a first overall flop will haunt him for the rest of his career.
From what I remember he was hyped just as much as Crosby, they compared him to Lemieux a lot since he was from Quebec also.
I'd say Lindros was the most hyped of all time.
I think part of the disagreement stems from location. In Quebec the hype for Daigle was probably insane. In Toronto I can imagine Tavares had a boatload of hype.
I'm basing my opinion on the amount of talk I heard in the Boston media (not until very very recently a media that showed even remote interest in hockey) about players. Lindros you heard about before hand. Crosby, you heard about. The other guys you only heard about around draft time.
But again, I'm sure it's totally different in Canada.
Less than #88, more than Stamkos.. I'd say on par w/ Tavares, perhaps slightly more than JT. He was forever being compared to Lemieux skill-wise.. poor kid didnt stand a chance. He lacked heart however.
I'd say it was borderline on the pumping that Crosby/Ovi got. Remember, they were pushing this kid like crazy in an age where 5% of the population had the internet. I actually remember me and a bunch of friends talking about how we were all going for his rookie card because we figured he was going to be the next Lemiuex.
I remember this draft well. At the time there were rumors that Quebec was offering Forsberg for the draft pick in order to draft Daigle (partly b/c of French-Canadien angle). Forsberg was generally considered the best prospect outside of the NHL that year and was tearing up the Swedish league and all international competitions. I remember watching a WJC game and they interviewed an NHL scout (or GM -- I don't remember exactly) and they were comparing the two. And the scout said that he would take Daigle over Forsberg.
In my opinion (based upon my age/lifetime), the most hyped prospects were: