Joe Thornton in his draft year...

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  1. Captain Conservative

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    At this stage in his development, Malkin sounds a LOT like a young Joe Thornton. Huge frame, superb playmaking ability to complement his soft hands, strong skater esp. considering his height and youth.


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    Can you compare/contrast Thornton and Malkin coming into their draft years? What did Thornton do better than Malkin is doing now? Is Malkin stronger in any areas than Thornton was before his draft year? Does Malkin lack grit?
     
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    Thornton was known as a much more physical player than Malkin. Malkin sounds more like a Lecavalier than a Thornton.
     
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    Both Thornton and Lecavalier were dominant physically in the JR draft years. Lecavalier had a dissapointing draft year according to some but he had 115pts. Lecavalier absolutely dominated the playoffs singlehandly scoring 41pts in 18 games. He was an absolute pleasure to watch in the juniors and when ever he suited up for the leaf red and white. Thornton dominated the O his last year and had a pretty impressive playoffs scoring 11 goals in as many games. Everybody knows now who is more physical, but both were big game dominators in there junior draft years. As for Malkin, I no squat about him. Thornton had scouting reports of a big budding PF with good skating, vision and tremendousing passing ability. Vinny was a tall lanky, very good skater, with a goal scorers touch and a nasty streak.
     
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