It's been pretty easy to forget about a shit ton of different shit with everything that's been going on in the world over the last few months. And while most people are excited about the NHL eventually hitting the resume button on the 2019-20 season at some point this summer, we can't forget that there's still going to be a draft at some point. And not just any draft. But one in which a Sidney Crosby clone is up for grabs.
Mario Lemieux. Eric Lindros. Joe Sakic. John Tavares. Connor McDavid. All guys who have won the CHL Player of the Year before. But up until this year, the only guy do ever win it twice before making the jump to the NHL was Sidney Crosby in 2004 and again in 2005. Who also just happened to play his junior hockey with the Rimouski Oceanic.
Last year Lafreniere was only under-18 year old player to win the MVP since John Tavares won it as a 16-year-old in 2007. He followed that up with 112 points in 52 games this year before the season got cut short and now becomes the only other player besides Crosby to win it twice. I understand that massive success in junior doesn't always equate to massive success in the NHL (just ask the Strome family), but you don't put yourself into the category of these names without deserving every bit of hype that comes along with your own.
The past few drafts have been a little underwhelming. Which is no fault of the draft classes or anything like that, but it's just tough to follow up McDavid in 2015 and then Matthews in 2016. That won't be the case with the 2020 Draft. And not to take away from the season coming back or anything, but I just feel like we needed a quick reminder of the greatness that's on the way.