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Columnist: Jonathan Drouin makes way into 2013 top pick debate

Jan 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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After seeing Jonathan Drouin make an impact in Canada’s 4-1 win against Russia in the World Junior Championship tournament on Monday, the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby argues that he “cemented his standing among the top contenders.”

Wharnsby believes that Drouin could very well be in the 2013 top overall pick conversation with Seth Jones and his Halifax teammate Nathan MacKinnon.

Drouin, however, has skated into the picture. His speed and goal-scoring ability are remarkable for a kid that began last season playing midget hockey with the Lac St-Louis AAA Lions.

Here’s a quick summary of what the young forward brings to the ice, at least according to Team Canada coach Steve Spott.

Canadian head coach Steve Spott has raved about the skill and hockey intellect of the five-foot-10, 185-pound Drouin since selection camp opened in Calgary three weeks ago.

We’ll see if his recent gains end up being enough to leapfrog two well-established prospects.

  1. id4joey - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The kid showed tremendous poise for a 17 year old playing on a world stage.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Nobody gives a flying frack what you think

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    0% chance of happening

  3. DTF31 - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    He’s too small. If he was 3 inches taller, maybe, but even then you build winners down the middle and on defence. Wingers are an afterthought.

    • kingfooj - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      patrick kane

      • lordfletcher - Jan 1, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        Kane… Stanley cup winner…

        just saying

        -wild fan

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