I'd love to see him as an Oiler as well, it would eb the second coming of Wayne at Skyreach. And there is no team i enjoy watching more in the playoffs than the Oil, he can give them that extra spark to finally beat Dallas in the opening round
Since this kid is supposed to be one of the greatest talents to come along in decades, I want to get maximum enjoyment out of his presence in the NHL. Thus, I would hate to see him on a team that:
1. Consistently fails to develop its prospects
2. Plays trap (or only plays trap for now out of necessity)
3. Does not play responsible hockey
My top choices:
Thrashers (Ovechkin, Heatley, Kovalchuk - need I say more?)
My "I hope this doesn't happen" choices:
One would hope that whatever team drafts him knows what kind of game he plays, and allows him to play that game. I can't imagine a single team in the NHL that wouldn't give him the opportunity to do what he does best. It's pretty silly to pick teams that you don't want him to play for unless that team is a rival of your team. None of Washington, Calgary, or Buffalo will turn Ovechkin into a 4th line checker.
We can't just think of ourselves here, or I would want him to go to the Avs, but the Avs won't miss the playoffs anyway and even if they did they are horrible with their prospects so that would not be a good place for Ovechkin. I'd like to see him on a defensively responsible team but not a trapping team. There would have to be a big team-first atmosphere on the team he goes to. A hard-working team......hmmmmmm. Anybody know of a team like that who will miss the playoffs? Maybe a young expansion team? Any suggestions?
I'd like to see him play on a young team with 2 good playmaking centers, a good coach and a veteran winger to help him get acclimated to the NHL. I'd say:
Ottawa(Ovechkin-Spezza-Havlat)<-Best young line in the universe
Colorado-biased homer pick