Florida Panthers GM weighs in on talents of Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin

If it came down to choosing either Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin the general manager of the NHL's Florida Panthers could tell you who he’d select in June’s NHL draft.

“But I’d have to kill you if I did,” said Dale Tallon with a laugh.

But it’s a decision he may very well have to make given the Panthers currently sit in last place in the NHL and both of the Halifax Mooseheads’ blue chip prospects are projected to be top-five picks.

Tallon showed up to the Metro Centre on Friday and Saturday to watch the Halifax Mooseheads play against the Saint John Sea Dogs in the first two games of their QMJHL playoff series.

Like everyone else he was impressed with what he saw.

“They’re wonderful players. It’s a treat for these fans. They’re different, but both see the ice very well and are so unselfish, almost to a fault. They commit on both ends of the ice, which is very important, and are gifted with skill and speed and have all the characteristics of top draft choices.”

He was also just as surprised by the 11-1 beat down Halifax handed Saint John in Game 1.

“That first line is phenomenal, to get 18 points in a game, you have to be impressed with that. When they have it on a string and they’re playing at their optimum potential it’s a real treat to see; there aren’t many lines like that. They have that special chemistry and are so willing to play for each other.”

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