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12-05-2012, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by topched View Post
Wow thats a huge over estimation. For forwards here's what I think is the general consensus:

Locks:
Nugent-Hopkins
Huberdeau
Scheifele
Strome
Jenner

Close to Locks:
Rattie
Wilson
Ritchie
McNeil
Mackinnon

That's 10 of 13 forwards right there. I think Hudon will be in tough. In my estimation you're looking at 3-4 spots open with alot of capable talent to fill in. With his size I'm not too sure if Hudon will be able to handle a checking role, and among skilled players, you've got quite a bit more flash available.

I'd say hes 50/50 at best.
While I don't personally agree, Bob McKenzie has said on multiple occasions that he considers Hudon to be as good as a lock for TC. He was listed as one of his "locks" on TSN's preview show last night (alongside RNH, Huberdeau, Strome, Scheifele, Jenner, Wilson, and Danault).

I think it would be erroneous to consider MacKinnon a "near-lock", given Hockey Canada's notorious trepidation towards taking young players, regardless of their hype or potential.

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