Ok the reason I brought this up is because of what you said of those people who said that Kessel was better then Crosby. By the way, Crosby is almost two months older then Kessel. So your argument not being drafted being in the world championship isn't really significant since there almost the same age. But Gretsky, Lindros, Malkin , Ovechkin also were in worlds before they were drafted and did pretty well for them self. Don't get me wrong the kid has talent but when you say he's going to get 60 goals. C'mon , I seen him play at least 10 times and he's not Ovechkin. Also, Crosby could of made the roster for last years world championship, the only reason he didn't was because he was in the playoffs with his junior club. Anyway, If penguins do draft Kessel, It's going to be good on the score sheet but I wonder still if Kessel is going to accept that it's Crosby team and if he'll play wing?[/quote]
Hate to rain on your parade but Ovechkin and Malkin did not play on the 2004 Russian WC team: http://www.hockeynut.com/0304/worlds2004/rusros.html
That was the tourney prior to them being DRAFTED. Unless the NHL moved the 1991 draft to happen in late September after the Canada Cup was over then Lindros was already drafted by Quebec before he was in a Men's tournamnet (and no WC in 1991 for Lindros, he did make the 1992 AFTER he was drafted though) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Lindros#Other_Teams
Now for Gretzky, he took 3 years to get to the Canada Cup in 1981 if we want to count his WHA days but even if we don't it's still after his NHL debut. He was not in the WC's until 1982 ( http://proicehockey.about.com/od/wayneg ... _stats.htm
So, big swing and a miss with those 4 names of players who you said played in the WC's before they were drafted. You can't discount Kessel for being one of the few players probably ever to be on a World Championship team before they were srafted in the NHL. To paraphrase a caveman "Maybe you should do a little research"?[/quote]
Sorry, My mistake, for Malkin and Ovy , they played in the euro tour with the russian team before they were drafted not the worlds. For the others, my bad.