The Penguins of 2009?

By |2007-08-05T23:10:23-04:00August 5th, 2007|The Dobotomy|

 	29 March 2007: NHL Los Angeles Kings sign 20 year old rookie defenseman Jack Johnson to a multi-year contract. #33 Johnson played in his first NHL game tonight during a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Johnson was the third overall selection in the 2005 NHL entry draft. Johnson seen here with Anze Kopitar during warmups infront of fans.

Long-time readers know that in the summer of 2005 I was strongly pushing all keeper league owners to scoop up as many Penguins as possible, because by 2007 it would be almost impossible to land one. Especially if your keeper league carries a second competition for the playoffs (as mine do).

Well, here we are in August of 2007 and acquiring Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin is a pipedream at this point. Landing a Ryan Whitney or a Marc-Andre Fleury is, while still possible, requiring a ton of assets in return. Two years ago you could have drafted them or had them for a song.

There is a new team to stick on your fantasy radar this summer and while the Los Angeles Kings are a Crosby and Malkin short, they still have the makings of an offensive dynasty.