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Five for The Future
BRIAN CAZENEUVE
February 18, 2013
Pierre McGuire looks ahead to the June 30 NHL draft, which is top-heavy with young talent
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February 18, 2013

Five For The Future

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Pierre McGuire looks ahead to the June 30 NHL draft, which is top-heavy with young talent

Nathan MacKinnon 17

The 5'11", 179-pound center for the Halifax Mooseheads is the most explosive skater in this year's class (28 goals, 41 assists). A Jeremy Roenick--type player, he loves the physical side of the game, and he has excellent skill and vision.

Jonathan Drouin 17

Another member of the Mooseheads, the 5'11" 176-pound wing has great passing vision and scoring touch (29 goals, 43 assists). He's elusive but will need to add speed when he reaches the NHL. He should turn out to be similar to Kings winger Simon Gagne.

Aleksander Barkov 17

The 6'2" 205-pounder is a skilled two-way center with Tappara in Finland. More playmaker than scorer (19 goals, 21 assists)—like the Sharks' Joe Thornton—he has great strength but needs to play with more urgency.

Sean Monahan 18

The Ottawa 67's 6'2", 193-pound center is a dynamic player and consistent scorer (23 goals, 39 assists) who also plays a shutdown role (think the Canucks' Ryan Kesler). His ice awareness makes him as much a lock as any player in the draft.

Elias Lindholm 18

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