Important to remember that Jones is almost a full year older than MacKinnon, and almost would have been draft-eligible this past year, if I'm not mistaken.
Born Oct 3 1994 -- Plano, TX
[18 yrs. ago]
Height 6.04 -- Weight 206
Born Sep 1 1995 -- Halifax, NS
[17 yrs. ago]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 179 -- Shoots R
Born Oct 27 1995 -- Cologne, Germany
[17 yrs. ago]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 198 -- Shoots L
using his big frame to create space and his skating ability to find open lanes to drive the net. He stands 6-3 and is a natural goal scorer with plenty of confidence.
He's a scout's dream in the way he prepares himself and plays an unselfish game, making smart decisions with the puck. With his bloodlines, he certainly understands what it will take to make it at the next level.
How many times did it take for the Leafs to get top 3 for you?
5. Tampa Bay
8. St. Louis
10. New Jersey
14. Los Angeles
23. San Jose
28. NY Islanders
29. NY Rangers
Burke sounded like he was very interested in Drouin. Knew that his father and brother were taller, and thus that Jonathan has room to grow.
I don't think I believe that Drouin is 5'11", 176 pounds. That's the same height as Crosby, and only 15 pounds less. He looks really small out there. But given that he looks young (much like the majority of kids his age), I'd say he has room to grow. I was growing until I was about 19, and at 21 I'm still filling in, so it's certainly possible that he gets bigger.
I'd love Drouin. Certainly not NHL ready, but he's got elite skill while having a never-quit attitude, and playing a solid 200 ft game. He really shocked me this tournament. I'd still prefer Mackinnon but Drouin could really be picked anywhere at the upcoming draft.
If anyone wants to temper their draft lottery enthusiasm, go find a draft simulator on the internet and run it a few times.
Meh. At the end of the day, the Leafs still have a better chance than most teams. There could be an unlucky run against us, but the odds are in our favour. If you run the draft simulator ten times or so, the Leafs more often than not end up with a pretty good pick.