NHL Draft Profile: Jonathan Drouin
Hometown: Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, PQ
Birth Date: 1995-03-28
Weight: 176 lbs
49 Games Played, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Central Scouting Rank: #3 in North America
A dynamic offensive talent, Drouin displayed remarkable stickhandling, IQ, and strength throughout his junior career, making him a dynamic playmaker and difficult to knock off the puck. Posting a career high 105 points in 2013, Mackinnon helped lead the Mooseheads to the Memorial Cup. Drouin also won the QMJHL MVP, Best Pro Prospect, and Personality of the Year in 2012-13.
A tremendous skater, Drouin is dangerous on the rush and capable of dominating possession in the cycle game. He can be slightly physically overmatched by bigger opposing forwards, but his speed and compete level make him a very capable defensive player.
The Tampa Bay Lightning could add Drouin to their embarrassment of offensive riches with the 3rd overall pick, and if they don’t the Nashville Predators will be more than happy to steal him at #4.
Scouts are saying:
“Nathan MacKinnon makes players around him better, but if you appear to make Nathan MacKinnon better, you’re doing yourself a solid. It’s not as if people think MacKinnon made him better. It’s more Drouin’s ability to play at that level and side-by-side with him. Drouin has responded very well this season, and that’s why we think of him so highly.”
NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory
“A lot of people want to compare him to Martin St. Louis, but I’m not sure he’s that caliber. We’ve had him in the top 10 of our list since the Ivan Hlinka tournament last summer when a lot of people had him as a borderline first-round pick or a second-round pick. We watched him the year before in Halifax and when we watched him at the tryouts for Team Canada for the Ivan Hlinka tournament, he was the best player. He was the best guy there. He’s a dynamic offensive guy who’s a combination of a goal scorer and playmaker. He’s a terrific skater and he doesn’t have blazing speed, but he has above average speed and strong ability and quickness, which allows him to take the puck down either wall and cross diagonally in front of the D or put it through the D. He’s got a lot of confidence in his own ability, but he might be as good as a playmaker as there ever is in the Draft. Like St. Louis, he could be one of those playmaking wingers who can see a center and move the puck to somebody who is open at the appropriate time. That makes him very dangerous on the power play and his one-on-one skills are pretty impressive. If you play him too tight, he can take the puck and embarrass you.”
Corey Pronman - Hockey Prospectus
ISS Top 30 #4 Jonathan Drouin @jodrouin27 Best hands in draft. Controls puck & ability to make everyone around him better. Great creativity.— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) December 13, 2012