C/LW Jonathan Drouin - Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2013, 3rd overall, Tampa Bay) II
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02-25-2013, 05:41 PM
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I just can't see any NHL level coaching/scouting staff watch this kid throughout training camp/exhibition/ potential 10 game stint and then be able to cut him.
I've said it before, but he makes it impossible to not select him to your team. He did it with TC and will do it next year as well.
He may not produce right away but with the way his stock is going (I can't even imagine the playoff hype train that will surround these 2 if they go deep) I would't want to be the one that has to pass him up.
Looking back, how smart was Mooseheads management at the draft when they were able to acquire the #1 pick from BC without giving up the #2 pick to get Drouin. Not to mention Fucale. They at one point had the pick to take Adam Erne as well but traded picks with Quebec to get pieces for the BC trade.
The difference with Team Canada is that he was still playing at the same age group level.
Im not saying Drouin won't make the NHL next year, but it will be hard. The NHL is bigger and much stronger. Some guys need the extra year, and some guys don't. You also have to consider the RNH situation last year where he missed 20 games due to an injury that was exhasturbated by the fact he was playing with guys so miuch bigger
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