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10-15-2012, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Andros View Post
Not that I disagree about MacKinnon being the more likely first pick (and I'd bet on him becoming the better player as well), but I think a lot of the "explosive/dynamic/wow factor" that often gets brought up when talking about promising prospects in the Canadian juniors in comparison to the ones playing in other leagues is just an illusion created by weaker competition in the CHL compared to the major leagues in Europe. It's a lot easier to look flashy and dynamic against kids in the CHL than against the adult pros in the better Euro leagues.
That's why I say this again: WJC's will be very telling, Barkov has to shine there to go 1st overall. And possibly Mackinnon has to suck. And maybe Seth Jones too.

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