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Don't forget Drouin

Jonathan Drouin has a two points per game average so far this season. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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Jonathan Drouin has a two points per game average so far this season. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Top 2013 draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon is getting all the press, but don’t forget about another high-end, draft-eligible prospect on Halifax: Jonathan Drouin.

While MacKinnon threatens the league leaders with 18 goals and 30 points in 18 games, Drouin has the better point-per-game pace, with 11 goals and 24 points in 12 games. He’s missed a few outings with an upper-body injury and sat out the first game of the QMJHL leg of the Super Series (a 6-2 Russia win) with a minor foot injury from blocking a shot. When he returned for the back half of the exhibition series (a 5-2 ‘Q’ victory), Drouin promptly posted a goal and three assists and helped ignite MacKinnon as well.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound left winger was ranked No. 10 by International Scouting Services and given an ‘A’ grade by Central Scouting entering the season. No doubt MacKinnon will continue to attract most of the spotlight, but it would be a mistake to devalue Drouin’s totals simply because he plays on the same line as the Cole Harbour, N.S., native.


Here are THN’s CHL Power Rankings this week:

 

MAJOR JUNIOR POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
THE SCOOP
1
Halifax Mooseheads
2
16-1-0-1
The Mooseheads' 14-game winning streak came to a screeching halt against the Rimouski Oceanic Sunday. Despite holding a 5-1 lead heading into the third, Halifax let the Oceanic tie it up, then lost in an 11-round shootout.
2
Kamloops Blazers
1
17-2-0-1
Is the magic wearing off? The Blazers have dropped two of their past three and in that span none of the players on their dynamic top line (JC Lipon, Colin Smith, Tim Bozon) have registered a point. Bozon received a one-game suspension for an altercation Tuesday with Edmonton's Keegan Lowe, at whom he allegedly spit.
3
Quebec Remparts
3
13-4-0-0
Rimouski put up three goals in the third against Quebec to win 4-1, a day before their huge comeback against Halifax. Nick Sorensen didn't play either of Quebec's two games last week as the team's European conundrum remains an issue.
4
Owen Sound Attack
5
12-2-1-2
The Attack got the points they needed against Erie, but losses to the surging Kitchener Rangers and difficult Guelph Storm were disappointing. Jordan Binnington continues to have a great year and his next victory will tie Curtis Sanford's franchise record of 65.
5
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
4
13-5-0-2
With three points in two Super Series games, Xavier Ouellet showed off his high-end offensive game. The Red Wings 2011 second-rounder is third in defensemen scoring, is on a point-per-game pace (19 in 19) and leads all 'Q' blueliners with 72 shots - so expect his meager total of three goals to greatly improve. The Armada are on a two-game losing skid and need to bounce back against Moncton and Saint John this week.
6
Portland Winterhawks
8
13-3-1-0
Portland's offense continued in cruise control by scoring 17 goals in three games last week. Their six-game homestand ended with a perfect 6-0 record and they outscored their opponents 34-8. Vancouver and Spokane host this buzzsaw this week. Take note: Portland and Kamloops play a home-and-home on Nov. 11 and Nov. 16, which makes for must-see TV (or, if you’re lucky enough, in person).
7
Barrie Colts
6
13-4-0-1
The Colts are three games through a four-game road trip and have managed a respectable four points so far. The remaining tilt against Oshawa, however, will be the toughest. The news of the week is that the Colts added Brendan Lemieux - son of Claude - who had been playing with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers, but decided to join Barrie and break his commitment to the University of North Dakota.
8
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
7
13-5-0-1
The Huskies' penchant for allowing too many goals led to them dropping a pair of 4-2 decisions to Drummondville and Victoriaville. Something needs to be addressed on the defensive side of the puck for the Huskies to remain a threat. This week's only game, against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, will be a stiff test.
9
Edmonton Oil Kings
-
11-5-1-2
An average 2-2 road swing included a very good 2-1 win over Kamloops, in which the Oil Kings shut out the Blazers' top line. The experienced Oil Kings beefed up the blueline with the acquisition of Oilers 2011 second-rounder David Musil at the end of October, but they'll need to find more offense from the defense. Cody Corbett is their leading backend scorer with seven assists in 18 games. Only three defenders have one goal and none have two.
10
Niagara IceDogs
-
12-6-1-0
Has any Canadian junior team benefitted more from the NHL lockout than the IceDogs? While Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie won CHL player of the week honors with a mind-boggling 10 goals and three assists in three games, Islanders pick Ryan Strome and Boston blue-chipper Dougie Hamilton - neither of whom would likely be in the OHL if the NHL was in action - lead the league and defensemen in scoring, respectively.

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