The hype just keeps building around Halifax Moosehead winger Jonathan Drouin.
As if a 41-goal, 105-point season wasn’t enough, the 18-year-old phenom cleaned up at the annual QMJHL Golden Puck Awards being named Most Valuable Player, Top Pro Prospect, Personality of the Year, and a First-Team All-Star Wednesday.
The awards are just latest accomplishments by Drouin who has charged up the 2013 NHL Draft rankings since the beginning of the season.
Unranked a summer ago, a strong showing at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament last summer began Drouin’s vault up the rankings. The five-foot-11, 185-pound forward had a 29-game point streak from Nov. 30, 2012 to March 15, 2013, collecting 26 goals and 65 points over that span.
That streak wrapped around a performance at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia where he finished with two goals and four points in six games for Canada.
Drouin finished second in QMJHL despite just 49 games played.
The Ste-Agathe, PQ product has routinely dazzled scouts and fans alike with countless highlight reel plays, putting his elite skating and hands on display nightly. His agile style of play and soft hands are just a precursor to a powerful and accurate shot.
Drouin is currently third in Future Considerations’ March rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft.