Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Number Two Pick

Bob McKenzie over at TSN has a piece up that all hockey fans should read because it answers an often overlooked question: Who will be taken after Crosby? Everyone is so caught up in the Crosby hype (myself included) that we have not spent enough time looking at the rest of the draft. According to McKenzie, Jack Johnson of the USNTDP (U.S. Under-18 Development Program) is the "consensus" number two.

Johnson has committed to playing at the University of Michigan next season, but can still be drafted by a NHL team and then develop for a couple of seasons in college. According to the Hockeyscouting.ca article I've linked to below, he went out of his way to contact UMich before they could contact him, because he really wanted to go to college and play at UMich. I like that in a kid.

Further reading on Johnson: Slam Sports, HockeyScouting.ca