Why the hell would an NHL GM take a local guy in the 1st round just to "treat the fans"? That's asanine...maybe Houle would do it but not Gainey or Gauthier. They have shown that they'll sign, draft and trade for guys from anywhere if they like the player and don't keep "quotas" of local guys.
Did you miss the part where I said he was projected as a 1st rounder? It was in Montreal ect, ect, ect. That's why. I'll be pleasantly surprised if he becomes anything more than a 3rd/4th liner.