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2016 NHL Draft Guide: Clayton Keller

USA NTDP u18 vs Sioux City Musketeers

Any doubts about Keller's ability to compete against top competition were quashed at the U-18's with his two-points-per-game pace and solid all-around play.

"He was quite dynamic," said one western conference scout.  "His hands and vision are in Patrick Kane's stratosphere.  The only thing keeping him from the top-five discussion is his size."

Keller led the tournament in assists, and many were of the highlight variety.

"You sometimes wonder if he has an extra set of eyeballs," said one scout.  "He set up a lot of goals with passes you don't see from most NHLers.  He will be productive at the next level with his skill set."

Keller also exhibited an ability to effectively kill penalties due to his elite anticipation and overall hockey sense.  When combined with his speed and agility, concerns about him being able to handle a top-two center role were appreciably diminished.

"There aren't many 5-10 top two centers in the league, but Keller will be an exception," predicted one top scout.  "He will play significant minutes 5-on-5 in addition to being a force on the power play."

It won't be a shock to see the USNTDP's all-time leading scorer picked in the top ten.  If not, his name will be called soon afterward.