Views From The First Overall Pick

Besides abysmal regular season records and fan bases that have endured cruel and unusual punishment year after year. The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers don’t have many similarities.

As was the case in 2010 with Edmonton, who will they select? Tyler Seguin? Or Taylor Hall?

Six years later.

Two different players.

A different organization.

Same situation.

Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine?

Fortunately for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the World Championship of hockey offers one last opportunity for a scouting report. Both Matthews and Laine were selected to represent their respected countries, the United States and Finland.

For the United States, pool play was an up and down battle. There were times where they appeared unstoppable, but just as easily they seemed outmatched. Unsurprisingly, the one constant was Auston Matthews. 

Without a doubt Finland has been the most dominate team in the entire tournament. Patrik Laine has been instrumental to their success. The projected number two pick in this summers draft has played among men and flourished.

In a game against Canada, known agitator Brad Marchand targeted the talented youngster. Between whistles the two had a minor gentlemanly disagreement, Marchand barking at Laine. The 18 year old wasn’t afraid to give the business right back at Marchand, laughing while doing so.
Laine may have just qualified to vote, but he by no means is a kid anymore. Standing 6 foot 4 inches and weighing in at 205 pounds, he has the frame to play big time NHL minutes come October.
Winnipeg fans rejoice. If Laine slips to number two, as expected, you’ll have yourself one hell of a player.
While the NBA draft appears to be a two player draft, the NHL draft initially seems different. For Columbus, owning the 3rd overall pick in the draft seems to have an interesting decision to make themselves.
As for now, you’ll just have to sit back and enjoy the playoffs and the remainder of The World Championships.
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