Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones, and Nate MacKinnon have dominated the Canadian Hockey League this season. They’ve done it surrounded by analysis, expectations, and media pressure. All three of them have that in common. But only two of them are expected to end up in Sunbelt markets come June 30.
And those sunny, southern cities are about to receive a massive shipment of elite talent.
Zach Fucale isn’t the Halifax Mooseheads’ star player.
But really, no one else is, either. It’s not because Fucale isn’t good enough to be the star; it’s more about Fucale being one of three elite players on Halifax’s roster. And one who’ll probably be gone by the time the first round of the NHL draft concludes.
Nikita Zadorov isn’t who London Knights fans imagined when hearing their team had drafted a Russian defenseman in the first round of the 2012 CHL Import Draft.
A silky-smooth, offensive-minded, 5-foot-10 blueliner was pictured by many. Instead, Knights supporters found themselves looking at a 6-foot-5, 230-pound mammoth.