The Panthers have elite prospects and plenty of them. The offensive-minded Huberdeau (Saint John-QMJHL) heads up a list of players who have a chance to make an impact in the near future. Fellow forwards Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw-WHL) and Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota-NCAA) are joined by defensemen Alex Petrovic (RD-WHL) and Michael Matheson (Dubuque-USHL) -- this year's first-round selection -- to form a quality group of up-and-coming talents.
I imagine Huberdeau will stick in the NHL this season, while the rest of this group will marinate for another season.
Sleeper Prospect: Alexander Delnov, LW, (RUS) (fourth round/2012)
His effort is first-rate and his talent is better than the average fourth-rounder. I can see him being a steal down the line.
I'm sure he's referring to the attempt (at Cohen's request) to draft Ovechkin the year before he was eligible. I seem to recall reading the Panthers conferred with the league for a while to make sure Delnov was eligible before they selected him.
"...and ultimately it doesn't matter."
Yeah, the Panthers tried to pull a quick one and draft Ovechkin with the last pick in the draft, correct?
Not the last pick, but the last round of the draft. Which was a mistake by the league, or really him. Because he was draft Gabrielle including leap years or something of that sorts. He never went through training though. Crazy how he could've been the face of our franchise.