What did Okposo to be the best player. He did some pretty move but never finish. I think he stickhandle too much. Kane was the best on the ice. Okposo look good but like i said he wasn't often dangerous for the goalie. Mueller look good, i think he pass the puck very well.
Kane will be draft higher then Gagner. Nut who knows
kane has been one of the usa's top players, gagner has been invisible in this years wjc's. seeing them play head to head in this tourney, i think kane has unquestionably more skills. gagner also looks smaller then 190.
I also think Kane is much further ahead than Gagner at this stage in their development. I also think Kane's size is an advantage from a drafting perspective because he has so much room to grow physically. At 5'10" 185lbs he is going to be unreal.
I think Kane is a top 3 pick right now. I think he will be the best NHLer out of both Canada and US WJC teams.
Kane all the way. He has much more strenght then his junior teammate. He's also smaller but he does have some wheels and he has really amazing hands. The puck flies on his own (kinda an illusion) when it's on his stick, that's how amazing he is with the puck. He also has a good shot but he's gonna need it to use it more on pp, he was just trying to make the perfect play vs Canada. I see, he's easily a top 5 talent in his draft and I'd pick him ahead of Gagner.
I wouldn't say Kane is better than Gagner just because of their play in the world juniors. Kane is in a role where he is expected to be that offensive go to guy. Gagner is on the Canadian team which plays very defensive hockey, so he is in a completely different system than he is used to in London. Just look at Bryan Little, he isnt lighting up the scoreboard either. Kane looks amazing no doubt, but im not sure i would pick him over gagner right now.
A couple of things to point out to folks here that might not know - Kane is almost a year older than Gagner. That makes a pretty big difference.
Here in London, Kane is definately the more flashy player with stronger offensive skills and great one on one skills. However, Gagner makes smarter plays, IMO, than Kane - I feel Pat tries to do it all himself too much while Sam is usually looking for open man.
Right now Kane is a slightly safer bet but if Gagner improves in the next year the way he has in the last - watch out.
A lot of people making their assumptions based on 2 WJC games, it would seem.
Happens all the time here.Bad time to ask the question but you just knew it would come up.You have a game against Germany where Kane plays great against an inferior team while gagner struggles in his first outing against a real good team.Maguire gushes about Kane,etc,etc,etc..In their 2nd games (both against a good team) both players play about even and don't really distinguish themselves though on average i'd say Kane was still more dangerous.Not hard to tell who everyone is going to prefer around here today,this minute,this thread.
But if gagner overtakes the guy in the ohl scoring race in the next month or so it'll switch the other way around.
That is.........until Kane overtakes Gagner in the scoring race the next week.