Originally Posted by habsfan1122
you can play an underager to develop him but two is too much, mckinnon was completly out matched in this tournament but drouin wasnt.
on the other hand mckinnon was benched and when he had a little of ice time he was frustrated and took VERY bad frustration penalties.
The difference between Drouin and MacKinnon in the tournament was that Drouin was given the opportunity to shine while Mackinnon was given little to no chance to shine. Drouin is also a winger and MacKinnon is a center so MacKinnon had even more harder competition to crack the top 3 lines. Mackinnon is also more suited for the grinder role as he's more physical then Drouin and better defensively.
To say he was out matched is not accurate at all. Also not sure what your talking about with bad penalties when MacKinnon only took 2 minors the whole tournament and they were both in the same game against the US when the whole team played like crap. If MacKinnon had a bad camp he wouldn't of made the team. The fact that two 17 year old's made the team especially during a lockout season is a tribute to how well both played in camp. He earned his spot on the team. Pretty hard for MacKinnon to stand out when he's was given limited ice time. If Spott had half a brain he would of put them together with someone like Huberdeau as they showed great chemistry at the subway series. The few shift both Nate and Jo were together they looked good and were creating chances.
I hate how people will watch just this tournament and think Drouin and Jones are that much better then MacKinnon. Before the last 2 Canadian games people were jumping on the Drouin bandwagon saying he should go first overall in the draft. These assumptions should not be made based off a small sample of work. I watch these two play on a regular basis and while I agree Drouin has risen his stock significantly since last years playoffs I still think it's too soon to be touting him a number 1 pick in the upcoming draft.