Barring injury, at some time in early October, Matt Cooke will join Rico Fata as the only players to have played at least one NHL game with each of Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby (Fata played with the 2004 and 2005 number one draft picks during the 2005-06 season). Narrowly missing joining this exclusive club was Kris Beech, who played five games for Pittsburgh this past season, four of which Sid missed with an injury and the fifth The Kid sat out on the last day of the season.
On a slightly related note, Rico Fata played only 230 NHL games since being drafted sixth overall back in 1998, but had some very impressive teammates, including Crosby, Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Pavel Bure, Brian Leetch, Theo Fleury, Phil Housley, Jarome Iginla, Peter Bondra, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and Brooks Laich. You'd think he'd have learned something along the way. You'd be wrong.