Not many teenage players can claim going from midget AAA to major juniors to a first-line role for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in the span of a year.
Then again, forward Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is unlike many forwards eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.
For starters, he has never experienced the mental anguish associated with being cut from a sports team.
While Drouin may be slightly overshadowed by linemate and highly regarded center Nathan MacKinnon in Halifax this season, some scouts wouldn't be surprised if he earned a roster spot on an NHL team right out of training camp next fall.
"If he went to training camp in September and made a team out of training camp, I don't think anyone would be surprised," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr told NHL.com.