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For the second time in three seasons, Pittsburgh would be selecting first overall.
Since there was no season to base the draft order on, the NHL conducted a lottery to select the order. It was known as the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes due to the likelihood of the highly-touted prospect going first overall.
When Pittsburgh won the lottery, it saved the franchise.
Without Sidney Crosby, it is difficult to believe the team would have as much success as they have recently.
Thankfully for die-hards, the young superstar put fans in the seats, creating an intense following that helped keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Since entering the NHL, Crosby has averaged more points-per-game than any other player. He is the winner of a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophy.
His career highlights include a handful of hat tricks and important goals such as the overtime winner in the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal game or the shootout winner in the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.
He is the face of hockey in Pittsburgh. Crosby has yet to play a game this season due to symptoms associated with a concussion he suffered last season.