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01-13-2013, 09:01 PM
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It's becoming very hard to ignore the consistent production. He basically needs to be compared with the rest of his peers from the 2011 draft, but even doing that, it becomes hard to argue he might not be worth as 3rd round pick this year, let alone a a late rounder. He is basically the highest PPG in the Q right now, ahead of guys like Grigorenko and Jaskin (and Jaskin is a 2011). He has legitimate top 6 upside, and even though there are still risks, when you are drafting the 3rd round and a guy clearly has top 6 skills and has proven it at every level, it becomes hard to ignore.

And it's his production and ever threatening play at the WJC that probably cemented him as a 4th-5th rounder this draft worst case. 5 goals and 8 points in 6 games in the WJC would be a terrific tournement for any elite 19 year old. And he showed well against the better competition.

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