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So, the Memorial Cup has been awarded and there is a potential top 5 draft pick on the winning team. Jonathan Huberdeau, centreman for the St. John Sea Dogs, standing 6'1" and 170 pounds won the tournament MVP and already the rumours have begun. In 67 games played this year, Huberdeau has scored 43 goals and netted 62 assists as compared to last year's 15 goals and 20 assists in 61 games. Mid season, TSN's Bob McKenzie had Huberdeau at number nine and by April the centreman had risen to number four and number three in NHL central scouting for North American players.
So the questions undoubtedly begin to pop up. Would Huberdeau be ranked higher and earlier if he had scored more last season? Perhaps more importantly, does winning the Memorial Cup increase a player's draft status even further? So I ask you Copper & Blue readers, in your opinion, does winning the Memorial Cup impact your opinions of potential draft picks more than their regular season numbers and scouting reports?