Since the NHL Draft began, there always seems to be a player or two every season who gets hyped as a "franchise talent," "generational talent," or something similar. So here's the idea. I've compiled a list of some of the most-hyped players PRE-NHL in the league's history. I want you guys to pick them in the order they'd be drafted, taking into account: - They are all 18 - Any injuries / poor performance in their future do NOT come into play Remember, you're basing this draft based on HYPE ONLY. Alexandre Daigle was a huge bust, but at the time, he was supposed to be the next Gretz. List: Bobby Orr (Not drafted, but hyped to high heaven when he came into the league) Wayne Gretzky Mario Lemieux Dale Hawerchuk Bobby Carpenter (SI's Can't Miss Kid) Bryan Lawton Pierre Turgeon Wendell Clark Joe Murphy Mike Modano Mats Sundin Jaromir Jagr (5th overall, but I've heard he was the consensus #1 in 1990) Eric Lindros Alexei Yashin Alexandre Daigle Ed Jovanovski Bryan Berard Chris Phillips Joe Thornton Vincent Lecavalier Patrik Stefan Dany Heatley Ilya Kovalchuk Jason Spezza Rick Nash MA Fleury Alexander Ovechkin Evgeni Malkin Sidney Crosby Erik Johnson That's 30. Remember, you're drafting based on THEIR POTENTIAL AT THE TIME OF THEIR DRAFT YEAR ONLY, NOT ON SUBSEQUENT RESULTS. So hockey historians, have at it.