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Halifax’s Drouin voted CHL’s top player

May 26, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

Jonathan Drouin AP

Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin has something he can hang over the head of the other prospects in this summer’s NHL draft.

Drouin was voted the CHL Player of the Year after a season that saw him dominate the QMJHL with 41 goals and 105 points. He beat out fellow top prospects Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax) and Seth Jones (Portland-WHL). Halifax and Portland faceoff tonight in the Memorial Cup finals.

All three players are likely to be taken in the Top 5 of this summer’s draft in Newark with Colorado likely taking Jones No. 1 overall. From there, it’s debatable how the rest will play out as this year’s draft is deep with talent. If it were any other team than Colorado picking first, Drouin’s honor might change who gets taken with the top pick. As it is, Jones was rated as the top North American prospect by NHL Central Scouting.

The entire NHL Draft will take place on June 28 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ starting at 3 p.m. ET.

  1. tcclark - May 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    When it’s all said and done this kid will be the best player from this draft class.

    • sergeikremlin - May 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      That distinction will belong to Nathan MacKinnon.

      • tcclark - May 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Have you been watching the Memorial Cup final? Drouin has been the best player on the ice even when Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon have been playing.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      I just don’t see it, I think he’s too small and I wouldn’t go near him. Add to that that lots of players get a lot of points in the Q (Sandy McCarthy put up 39 goals and 90 points one season) but their game just never translates to the NHL, I think Drouin will be in that category, a great junior, but not a great NHLer.

      • tcclark - May 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        He’s got vision, hands, and a passion for the game. It’s not just the points.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Drouin is Pierre-Marc Bouchard 2.0, same size, same skill, the problem with Bouchard is he’s been injury prone, because of his size I think Drouin will be the same.

      By the way Bouchard’s last year in the Q 46-94-140, Bouchard’s size 5’10 173, Drouin is 5’11 176…they’re the same player.

      • tcclark - May 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Martin St. Louis – 5’8 180 lbs
        Danny Briere – 5’10 179 lbs
        Claude Giroux 5’11 172 lbs
        Patrick Kane – 5’10 178 lbs
        Saku Koivu – 5’10 178lbs
        Mark Recchi – 5’10 190 lbs

        Should I keep going? By the way Claude Giroux’s last year in the Q 38-68-106. Jonathan Drouin 41-64-105. They’re the same size, same skill… they’re the same player

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      The PMB comparison was obviously hyperbole, not every smaller player who comes in the NHL is going to be injury prone or a bust, and not every bigger player is going to stay healthy and excel, Hugh Jessiman and Pavel Brendl being two examples of that.

      Allow me to add some context, for years now I’ve watched the Oilers select smaller, highly skilled players who get injured a lot, because of that I’m down on smaller players, at least with the top pick. If the Flames traded up to 3rd I’d be ecstatic if they took Drouin or Barkov (I’m quite high on him!) but if given a choice between the three I’d go number 1 center or number 1 dman before selecting the winger, just my preference.

      Now after everything I’ve said, as someone who is about the same size as Drouin I’m pulling for him to make it and be a high end player.

      • tcclark - May 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        I just think positional value is overrated. I would take the best player available and the best player I have seen is Drouin. All three players are phenomenal and are on their way to long careers, but i see dominance from Jonathan Drouin. It’s like it’s his game and everyone else is playing it. he finds his teammates all over the ice and hits the tape on every pass. He puts the puck in the net better than most and he makes so many plays by doing just minimal things. These minimal movements or adjustments are what separate the good players from the great.

        I understand your choice of a dman or a center, but I just think that this kid will be the best of them all. I haven’t seen anyone with his kind of vision and Hockey IQ. He is going to be special.

  2. sergeikremlin - May 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    yes I have been watching and the answer is still MacKinnon.

  3. desertfan - May 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Mac Kinnon is a #1 Overall STAR.

    Sorry but nice guys but the rest are 1st or 2nd rounders.

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