what current NHLer's footsteps do you see jordan staal's career following? as the "staal = thornton" bandwagon rolls along, i have to say i don't buy what they're selling. yes, maybe he's some months younger than other players were during their draft year, but based on my own observation of both players through their junior years, staal just doesn't have the game presence that thornton ALWAYS had in the OHL. besides, thornton was only 2 months older than staal is when thornton was going though his pre-draft season. it's true that when thornton went to boston and started wearing that #6 jersey, he looked like a great big puppy, and really had to grow into his game over a number of years. and yes, staal could do that too, but he has not demonstrated the offensive vision and dominance that made thornton a clear-cut number 1 pick. i agree with those who see staal as a gratton, maybe an arnott (an on-ice comparison only): a legitimate top-10 pick.....but not JT.