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03-04-2012, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by DJB View Post
I think if he keeps up his scoring after Toffoli and Prince leave next season, I think he could challenge for 1st overall...
There's also a chance his stock slides a bit like Sean Couturier. He isn't going to be quite as hyped as Couturier was going into his draft year, but there are some legitimate similarities, both in terms of style of play and development trajectory.

Everybody who watches a lot of Monahan recognizes that his hockey sense is elite, and his overall package intriguing. But I wonder if scouts might start to pick apart certain aspects of his game. For example, he's not an outstanding skater, and therefore isn't as dynamic breaking through the neutral zone as most top 5 picks. A lot of two-way centres aren't, but he may not flash that game-breaking quality that people expect in potential first overall pick.

I could see Monahan competing for first overall, but I think there's an equally good chance that he goes in the second half of the top ten, sliding a bit because he'll enter the year well established already.

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