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Top-End Talent: This was the season that saw Sidney Crosby at the top of the draft.
Crosby may not rank with Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux, but he may lead the next group of the NHL's all-time best players. Crosby has magnificent talent, has been a consistent scorer and is a very hard worker. He has been troubled by injuries and will occasionally get frustrated, but he is the NHL's best and most productive player.
The Anaheim Ducks selected Bobby Ryan with the No. 2 pick, while the Montreal Canadiens selected goalie Carey Price with the No. 5 pick.
Devin Setoguchi, Anze Kopitar, Tuukka Rask and T.J. Oshie were also selected in the first round in 2005.
Depth: James Neal, Paul Stastny, Mason Raymond and Adam McQuaid are among the more productive players who were taken in the second round.
Kris Letang, Jonathan Quick and Ben Bishop were selected in the third round, while Keith Yandle and Darren Helm came in the later rounds.
The seventh round proved this draft had talent from top to bottom with the selections of Sergei Kostitsyn, Colin Greening and Patric Hornqvist.
Why It Ranks Here: Crosby is one of the game's all-time great players, and that alone gives this draft gravitas. Additionally, there were high-level players taken throughout the rest of the first round, and the depth selections were also strong.
This is clearly the best draft of the decade.