Ramblings: Comparing First Round Options – Pastrnak vs Marchand, Ovechkin vs Tkachuk & More (Oct 6)

Alexander MacLean

2021-10-06

Often I find that we're focusing on trying to find the later round gems, dealing with the middle-round decisions, and creating the best overall draft strategies that we completely overlook another key important decision. This decision sets the tone for the entire draft, and becomes a key component of your team all season long. That's right, this week I'm focusing on the first-round pick options (or top two rounds) and evaluating a few of the decisions that most of us are going to be facing with those picks.

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First overall we can all agree on Connor McDavid, right?

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The next tier is the two-to-four picks, with Leon Draisaitl, Nikita Kucherov, and Nathan MacKinnon. MacKinnon tends to be the consensus pick at #2, but he also doesn't have winger eligibility like the other two, who have very similar scoring upside. Let's look at them side-by-side:

Draisaitl vs MacKinnon (*Kucherov didn’t play last year)