I haven’t been this excited for a hockey game in a long time.
Tonight we got to witness something truly awesome, not one, not two, but THREE of the top prospects in the draft this year took the ice at once. The question that has been on the mind of everybody has finally been answered. Is Seth Jones that good? Is he good enough to stop Mackinnon and Drouin? The answer is a resounding NO. In fact, he wasn’t even good enough to stop Mackinnon who took him to the woodshed three different times and nabbed a hat trick in the game. It was all bad for Seth Jones however, he at least scored once on the Mooseheads, and for the most part Drouin was kept in check (at least by Drouin standards).
Still, Mackinnon exploding for 4 points, and Drouin contributing another one makes it hard to not consider either of them worthy of the number one overall pick. Going in, it seemed almost as if Seth Jones was the big time favorite, he even had the cute story of growing up in Denver, and it seemed like a match made in heaven. Except…it wasn’t. Now the new question is, do we get a chance to see these two go for a round two? It is round robin play, which means the Winterhawks have to overcome the stalwart London Knights lead by Max Domi, another big time prospect (who had a killer check today against Saskatoon).
Now the big question in everyone’s mind is, does this plant even a minor seed of doubt in the Avalanche’s mind about drafting Seth Jones? My big question is, does this put a seed in David Poile’s mind to trade up and try to get Mackinnon? I’ll admit, at first I didn’t think Mackinnon was THAT much better than Barkov, I mean Barkov had played against grown men and was nearly a point per game player. But you have a forward who scores four points on what is widely considered one of the best junior defensive teams in hockey? You not only have a future top 3 pick in Seth Jones, you’ve also got a former top 10 pick in Derrick Pouliot (who by the way, chipped in with 3 assists of his own). That’s just scary what Nathan Mackinnon just did, absolutely scary.
The best part, he’s only 17 years old. He can be locked up for another 9 years, or enough time for the Predators to contend for the cup. Wilson is locked down, Weber locked down, Rinne locked down, Hornqvist locked down, and adding a playmaking Center like Mackinnon could put this team OVER the top. He has the makings to be a Jonathon Huberdeau, he has the makings to be a Gabriel Landeskog, he can be that impact rookie NEXT YEAR.
Now, what price is too much? What if we offered up our 4th overall pick and a RFA defenseman like Jonathon Blum or like a Victor Bartley? Could that sway the Avalanche any at all? They could still get a top-notch prospect, but they might be prone to gamble if they’re really sold on a defenseman. I’m sure the though has cross David Poile’s head on how to get NM22 into gold, and let’s just hope he pulls the trigger and makes it happen. If he does, Smashville could be rocking even sooner than you think.
That’s all for now