Yet Gretzky was widely questioned because of his size. It was proposed he would be unable to take the physical rigors of the NHL. They were wrong, but im talking "How the GM's would see it"
Lemieux was going 1st overall if Gretzky or Lindros was in the same year, no question. Im not saying Lemieux was better than Gretz, just saying he was a sure thing, slated to be the biggest thing ever in hockey because of his raw skill.
If Orr had been watched like Lemieux.........all you ever hear is how Orr stole the show. Orr was playing with 16-18 year old when he was 12 and beating them.
Orr probably would be #1 overall, Followed by Lemieux
Well I would agree if Kharlamov played against Canadians when he was 16/17/18 years old, but the facts of the mater are that he played against Canadians, which is when he got the most attention from the broadest range of people.
The list from my lifetime
1. Lindros - This guy was pumped up more than any other player, I think I still have his autobiography from when he was 17.
2/3. Crosby/Ovechkin - I know it is two people and you can't do that but it seems as though for years leading up to the tow drafts that was all that one could read about regarding hockey prospects and the who was/is better debates just won't stop
4. Daigle - More flash than dash it does appear.
And yes, if players could be drafted as soon as 15 or 16 years old, Bryan Fogarty would go 1st round. Things got worse as he aged, though.
Well that just is not true. Fogarty had his breakout season TWO years after he was drafted (when he got 155 points) in 88/89. He was drafted in 1987.
He played 2 years before he was drafted and was very good but not a standout. 21 points in 47 games in 85/86 and 20 goals and 70 points in 56 games in his draft year. But he was an offensive D-Man with abunch of well known atitude problems at the time. He was not even remotely close to the level of Potvin or Orr who truly were standouts in the OHA at age 15 and were all around player not regarded by anyone as a problem player. Both would have possibly been drafted 1st overall as 15, 16, 17 and 18 year olds. Potvin had to wait until he was 20 to be drafted. He could have possibly been considered for the first overall pick for 5 years!
Sadly, I wonder how high Daigle would go in that draft? 10th?
All time draft he would not be in the first round. He was hyped so much but that was more an off shoot of the Lindros hype. Lindros got SOOOOOOOO hyped that the next few drafts the top prospects were more hyped than the normally woulda been.
Well, this, amongst other things, culminating in this one :
In 1999 Fogarty was arrested and charged with drug possession after a break-in at a school in his hometown of Brantford. Fogarty was charged with break and enter and possession of a controlled substance. According to the police report, Fogarty broke open the kitchen doors at the Tollgate Technological Skills Centre and was found standing naked in the kitchen with cooking oil spilled on the floor around him.
The followings that I got on Wikipedia tends to say I'm not wrong on Fogarty. Those are all "quoted".
Brantford Minor Hockey Association coordinator Bob Coyne told reporters that "he was a star. From the time he put skates on, he was better than everyone else. "We had seen Wayne (Gretzky). Wayne had to work at it. His game was outsmarting everybody else. Fogarty's game was outperforming everybody else. That's like comparing a Volkswagen to a Corvette."
Growing up, Fogarty was a typical 80's Canadian teenager. He listened to Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, sported a mullet and loved to hang out with his friends. Bryan started drinking at an early age. When he was 15 he was already playing with players who were much older than him because of his exceptional skill level. He would frequent bars and strip clubs with the older players. He was insecure by nature. During his junior hockey days in the OHL he'd take Niagara Falls Thunder coach Bill Laforge aside in the locker room and ask him in a whisper if his teammates hated him. Despite this, Bryan was known for his positive attitude and humble demeanor. During his time with the Kingston Canadians he was known as "Tippy" because, according to teammate Marc Laforge "he was always tipsy