Burakovsky can play with McDavid for the next couple years great selling point but there's always more in play.
While it is far to early to say he will sign, I was pretty confident Erie would be taking him. I believe he will sign because of McDavid, he also said he wanted to come to the CHL, and also I do not think Erie would have wasted this crucial pick today if they were not confident he would sign.
1 Vancouver Vancouver Dmitry Osipov Right Defence 6.01 179 Rus 1996-01-01
2 Ottawa Ottawa Alex Lintuniemi Left Defence Helsinki, Finland 6.02.75 205 Jokerit 1995-09-23
3 Cape Breton Cape Breton Maxim Lazarev Left Wing 5.09.5 147 Kazan Bars 1996-01-29
4 Prince George Prince George David Soltes Right Wing 6.00 185 Kosice 1995-02-05
5 Erie Erie Andre Burakovsky Left Wing Klagenfurt, Aut 6.01 178 Malmo 1995-02-09
6 Shawinigan Halifax Nikolaj Ehlers Left Wing 5.10.5 176 Biel 1996-02-13
7 Brandon Brandon Rihards Bukarts Left Wing 5.10.5 185 Riga SK 1995-12-31
8 Peterborough Peterborough Matej Paulovic Right Wing Topolcany, Slovakia 6.03 187 Farjestad 1995-01-13
9 Saint John Saint John Juraj Siska Centre 6.02 194 Nitra 1996-05-17
10 Everett Everett Waltteri Hopponen Left Wing 6.01 181 Espoo 1996-02-04
11 Windsor Windsor Jacob De La Rose Centre Arvika, Swe 6.02 190 Leksands 1995-05-20
They took a long time making that pick...nearly as long as Peterborough took on theirs
A true team player and leader. De la Rose always gives 100% and leads his team with his intensity and work ethic. Has an edge to his game and does not shy away from the rough stuff. Has good timing in his hits. Sound defensively. Not likely to become a high scoring player, as he is not a natural scorer, but his strong two-way and forechecking ability along with his attitude makes him a very valuable part of any team.
Doesn't sound like he will fill the void of Khokhlachev and Aleardi leaving.
Jacob is a powerful player who asserts with his size and physical ability but also with his skill. He is a strong skater with speed and balance. He plays in all defensive situations and he has excellent feel for how to excel in the various tasks of those situations. Can play any forward position and gives a coach a lot of flexibility to allow him to lend support to different players and combinations. He gets offensive opportunities but may not be a natural scorer. Defensively, he can really disrupt the patterns of the opponent and he is dangerous in the counter attack.
De La Rose is a skilled power forward who shows a lot of dimensions between his good speed, impressive vision, and ability to play all three forward positions, and he displays a fair amount of grit to his game.
THN draft preview, quoting a scout:
''I love his game. You get the same effort every game. He works in the trenches and plays don't die with him. Big, strong guy. Top-six is realistic, but he could also be a hell of a third-liner.''