First off let me just say that watching John Tavares play here in London since his trade I have come to see that he is an exceptional talent..........So was Alexandre Daigle. I am not saying that Tavares will be a bust like Daigle, just that talent alone will not make you a star in the NHL. Daigle did not have the heart to play nigh in and night out at the NHL level and we wont know for a couple of years if Tavares does or not.
Just some stats from Junior;
Tavares 1.33 PPG (247 GP/ 329 points)
Daigle 2.05 PPG (137 GP/ 281 Points)
Having watched Tavares on a regular basis here in London I have noticed that when he wants to be, he is the most dynamic, creative and dangerous player on the ice. The key there is when he wants to be. I was at the game last night and noticed that he skated hard, maybe 3 or 4 times in the game. He basically floated around the ice and waited for the puck. He has been out done by his teammate Nazem Kadri on more than one occasion.
I really hope for the sake of the NHL that J.T is just bored in the OHL and comes in to the NHL with a storm of emotion and lights it up. The game needs its talented players to shine.
Here is my mock draft............
1 New York Islanders C John Tavares
2 Colorado Avalanche D Victor Hedman
3 Tampa Bay Lightning D Jared Cowen
4 Atlanta Thrashers C Matt Duchene
5 Los Angeles Kings D Oliver Ekman-Larsson
6 Phoenix Coyotes C Evander Kane
7 Ottawa Senators D Ryan Ellis
8 Toronto Maple Leafs C Bryaden Schenn
9 Dallas Stars LW M. Svensson-Paajarvi
10 Minnesota Wild C Scott Glennie
11 Edmonton Oilers D Simon Despres
12 Buffalo Sabres RW Jordan Schroeder
13 Nashville Predators C Nazem Kadri
14 Anaheim Ducks C Jacob Josefson
I strongly feel that Ottawa will make a strong play for Hedman or Cowan but failing to do so they will take Ellis a smart puck moving D-man. If Bryan Murray is still in charge he may take Schenn to spite the Leafs.
The leafs will be in play to take Kane or Schenn, if both are unavailable Burke may trade down and take Kassian regrouping a couple of later round pick.