He was talked about as a first rounder that year. No one could figure out why he fell...
Look at who Edmonton took right after the Pens grabbed Nemec. We're in good shape at center, but that's a guy that could play any role you want.
And for the record, I really wanted them to take Joffrey Lupul at #5 mostly because they had no bonafide scoring prospects at the time. Whitney is a nice player and has a chance to be great, but that's also true of Lupul and he addressed a more pressing need IMO.