By John Vogl
Position: Left wing
Junior team: Halifax (QMJHL)
Born: St. Agathe, Quebec
Measurables: 5-foot-10, 186 pounds
2012-13 stats: 49 games, 41 goals, 64 assists, 105 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 3 (North America)
Lowdown: Drouin’s dream season included a Memorial Cup championship and nearly every award handed out, including Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year and MVP of both the regular season and playoffs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He can store the honors alongside his highlight packages, which include jaw-dropping goals and pinpoint passes. Many came during a 29-game points streak that featured 26 goals and 39 assists. He had 35 points in 17 playoff appearances, including a five-assist outing in the championship game.
Though skating alongside fellow top prospect Nathan MacKinnon certainly helped Drouin stand out, he played just as well without the superb center and made MacKinnon look good, too. Drouin is outstanding at reading plays, which allows him to intercept passes and start lethal transitions. The words “magical” and “magician” have been used often.
Drouin lacks the adult strength of MacKinnon and Seth Jones, so he may not be as ready to compete in the NHL as his draft mates. He’ll have to reach the top level and show why Quebec voted him as its top draft prospect.
They said it: "He had that swagger and inner confidence that he wanted to be a difference-maker every time he was on the ice. His skill set, hands and vision really are at an elite level, so he's going to be a prime-time NHL scorer." – Steve Spott, head coach of Canada’s world junior team, to NHL.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.
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