It seems like every other 1st overall pick is going to lead the league in scoring for a decade. How realistic is that? Since 1963, 41 players have been drafted 1st overall. How many have led the league in scoring? .......only 2 (Lafleur and Lemieux). 4 if you count Lindros' tie with Jagr and you assume that Gretzky was a surefire #1. Maybe that's unfair. Gretzky, Lemieux and Jagr combined to win 21 consecutive Art Ross Trophies. So how about Top Ten in scoring finishes? Yr- Player... Best finish (# of times in top ten) 84- M.Lemieuxâ€¦ 1st (10) 71- G.Lafleur â€¦ 1st (6) 70- G.Perreault â€¦ 3rd (5) 81- D.Hawerchukâ€¦ 3rd (4) 91- E.Lindrosâ€¦ 2nd (3) 88- M.Modanoâ€¦ 8th (3) 89- M.Sundinâ€¦ 4th (2) 73- D.Potvin (D) â€¦ 5th (2) 87- P.Turgeonâ€¦ 5th (2) 97- J.Thorntonâ€¦ 3rd (1) 01- Kovalchukâ€¦ 3rd (1) 90- O.Nolanâ€¦ 6th (1) 78- B.Smith â€¦ 8th (1) Even then, it's not that great. 13 guys? Most of whom made it only once or twice. 14 of 41 picks have been D-men or goalies and Ovechkin hasn't played yet. So I don't expect them to make this list. Subtract Denis Potvin from the excluded list and we have a working number of 27. That makes the chances of: a #1 making the top ten in his career... approx. 50% more than twice... approx. 25% winning the Art Ross... approx. 8% (or 1 in every 12) How many Art Ross's do you think Crosby and Ovechkin will win now?