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Jonathan Drouin, the Other Possible Pick

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Jonathan Drouin is a 5'10-5'11, 185 pound, left wing that currently plays for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL. He has, arguably, the most offensive upside of any draft pick. He has great hands, very good speed, great agility, excellent vision, a fairly good shot and a good build, and can use those find both other players sticks and the back of the net. He had the most points in the Q while playing with the probably number 2 draft pick, Nathan Mackinnon and won the awards for best prospect, mvp, and best personality in the QMJHL. He is also the best player Sidney Crosby to come out of the Q.

The drawbacks to Drouin are his size, which is a little smaller and his play in the defensive zone. Being 5'10, he is one of the smaller players but he is also stalky and that, combined with his speed, will allow him to be stable and not get knocked off the puck as easy. As for his play in the defensive zone, while Nashville's staff prides itself on its defense and might find it frustrating that Drouin isn't up to their standards, Drouin's ability to facilitate offense will make up for his trouble preventing the offense of the opponents. He will also be able to replace Martin Erat's ability to take the puck up the ice and more than make up for his production. For those of you who think that Drouin's production was just a product of Mackinnon's ability, when Mackinnon was out with an injury, Drouin was able to take over games by himself. While Mackinnon did have something to do with it, Drouin is still a very productive player.

Like Barkov, I could see Drouin being a very good player with Filip Forsberg, who is a sniper. It is also advantageous because he is left handed and Filip Forsberg is a right handed making his ability to feed him that more effective. Drouin's ability to produce plays, much like Barkov's, will help Forsberg, and furthermore the Predators, put the puck in the back of the net. Forsberg wasn't able to get a lot of room to unleash his shot playing for the Predators this year and Drouin weaving himself through the other team will provide plenty of distraction to do so, much like the Datsyuk-Zetterberg line for Detroit.

Some players to compare Jonathan Drouin to are Patrick Kane, Martin St. Louis, and Jordan Eberle. Whoever Nashville gets is going to be a very solid player. Both Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Drouin would be perfect facilitators for Nashville and their new, young, right-wing sniper Filip Forsberg and both are potential perennial all-stars and probably number one players at their positions for Nashville.

Sites Where I Got My Information As Well As Youtube Videos On Him:

QMJHL-NHL Player Comparisons (not always accurate)

General Scouting Information

Summary of His Career

Elite Prospects Review

Youtube: The Best of Jonathan Drouin

Youtube: Best Jonathan Drouin Shift

Youtube: NHL Experts on Jonathan Drouin

Youtube: Midseason Draft Rankings

Youtube: Another Highlight Video

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