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03-19-2013, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Codith View Post
I hope to god we can get a top3 pick, if the hockey gods would give us one break, it would be that. Obviously Jones would our ideal choice, but getting Mac or Drouin does one of two thins for us.

A) Mac gives Giroux someone who should finish on a more regular basis. Giroux needs that guy who can finish.

B) Drouin allows us to run two deadly lines, almost like the pens and hawks do with Malkin/Crosby and Toews/Kane

This also allows us to move someone like Schenn or Couts for a young dman or for a package for a #1 type guy.

Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek
Read-Drouin-Schenn
McGinn-Laughton-Simmonds
Feds-Talbot-Rinaldo

With Cousins in the pipe
I'm not sure that Drouin will end up at C. He's got the skill and playmaking, but what about the physical edge and defensive play. Basically, is he closer in playing style to Giroux or Briere?

If we are at 3 and Mackinnon and Jones are off the board, then I think he's the pick, but I wouldn't move Couturier because we acquired Drouin. I also prefer Read to Simmonds on the 3rd line.

Hartnell - Giroux - Voracek
Drouin - Schenn - Simmonds
Gagne - Couturier - Read
McGinn - Talbot - Rinaldo

Gagne is a placeholder for a few different guys who could slot there over time--McGinn, Laughton (if moed to LW), etc.

EDIT: For those who have seen more of him, is Drouin really the 5'10/5'11 185 lbs that ISS has him listed at? That's more solid than I thought--I thought he was close to 170 than 190.

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