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01-02-2013, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Faidh ar Rud Eigin View Post
It's not that surprising. We haven't had a defensemen this good be draft elligible for a long time, possibly since Pronger and while MacKinnon and the other elite forwards are strong, but they've not exceptional first overall picks (Think Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Sidney Crosby), they'd just be "average" ones (Think Taylor Hall and Patrick Kane).
No no no, they definitely are exceptional. Mackinnon is on that Stamkos - Tavares tier in terms of ability and tools. Drouin is comparable to Pat Kane in terms of what he offers, and Barkov is at an elite level also (think thornton type prospect). I would argue that Lindholm/Monahan are similar in ability to the top of the 2006 draft class comparable to Toews/Backstrom; with Monahan being a Toews-ish player and Lindholm being a more original talent but still in that tier of prospect. This is an outstanding draft class.

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