12'/13' Draft Thread: Offensive flash is a beauty but defensive presence rules.
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12-31-2012, 04:40 PM
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Not having seen him play until this WJC I was not overly high on Drouin as some.
But let me just say, I am completely turned around. This guy has an "IT" factor about him. He has elite hands and hockey sense, and his escapability and abililty to operate in tight spaces is unbelievable. I can't compare him to one player but he seems like some combination of Patrick Kane, Jeff Skinner, and Zach Parise.
He may not be physically ready to play in the NHL next year, but he definately has the skills and tools to play there (a la Nugent-Hopkins).
I know we need a center, but right now I only have Mackinnon and Barkov ahead of him, and Barkov only by a very small degree.
I can already see a dynamic line of Drouin-Grabo-Kulemin in 2013 if we picked him.
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