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com­pare the routes the Tkachuk broth­ers took prior to be­ing drafted. They played mi­nor hockey in St. Louis and then both went to Michi­gan to play for the U.S. na­tional un­der-17 and un­der-18 teams. They both ex­celled in the U.S. pro­gram, in­clud­ing their per­for­mances at the world un­der-18 cham­pi­onship and World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship. Be­cause they both have birth dates after Sept. 15, nei­ther was el­i­gi­ble for the NHL draft after com­plet­ing the un­der-18 pro­gram. Matthew elected to play for OHL Lon­don while Brady went the col­lege route with Bos­ton Univer­sity. Both were con­sid­ered world-class prospects and were high draft picks. Both signed upon be­ing drafted, and I’m con­fi­dent Brady will fol­low in Matthew’s foot­steps and jump di­rectly to the NHL as a reg­u­lar. Both have the po­ten­tial to be­come first-lin­ers, but in their pre-draft ca­reers, Matthew was a more con­sis­tent scorer. EDGE: MATTHEW

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