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02-25-2013, 08:10 AM
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It's gonna be a tough tough choice for the guys picking #1/#2.

Unless a winger has a clear clear cut skill set that's definitely above the skill-set of the centre/D they're being compared to, I would be strongly biased towards going with the Centre/D. They simply are able to control a game MUCH more than a winger can, and are far more important on the defensive end of the game.

Patrick Kane from my understanding had a similar draft year, super high point output, small skilled winger with some questions on the defensive end of the puck, and he's obviously turned into a great player, and was definitely the best choice between him and Turris (highest ranked Centre in that draft).

But personally, if I'm able to get a franchise C or D, I'd take that over a Patrick Kane type of player. So it really depends on what the upside is expected to be for MacKinnon. Jones looks like a clear future #1 D, but then again, so did EJ...

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