TORONTO -- Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin have struck up a solid friendship while going through the hoopla surrounding the buildup to the 2013 NHL Draft.
However, that doesn't change the fact that NHL Central Scouting's top three North American skaters in their final rankings are extremely competitive, and hearing their name called first June 30 at Prudential Center is something each would like to have on his resume.
"Obviously everyone wants to go No. 1," Drouin told NHL.com. "I'm pretty sure they want to, and it's the same thing for me. To be No. 1 is a big thing. It would be an honor."
Drouin, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's list, had a season to remember in 2012-13. The Halifax Mooseheads left wing was second in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 105 points in 49 games and topped the league with 35 points in 17 playoff games to help his team win the championship.
He was named QMJHL MVP and player of the year in the Canadian Hockey League, and went on to help Halifax win its first Memorial Cup, tying a tournament record with five assists in the championship game, where the Mooseheads defeated Jones and the Portland Winterhawks 6-4 on May 26.