August 14, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 NHL Draft
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|169||149||GAUDETTE, Adam||C||10/3/1996||6.00.75||170||Cedar Rapids||USHL|
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ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Brock Boeser (ISS Ranked #35 in 2015, Overall drafted #23 in 2015 NHL Draft) – The Canucks have a lot of good young forwards coming through the pipeline and are happy to add another gifted offensive threat who possesses quick hands and a lethal shot. Boeser’s development curve over last couple season has been outstanding.
Jake Virtanen (ISS Ranked #7 in 2014, Overall drafted #6 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Virtanen is an skilled goal scorer with a booming shot, fire in his eyes and a nose for the net. He can be a deceptively crushing force physically at times as well.
A character kid who will be a big piece to any success the Canucks have in the next 5 years.
Jared McCann (ISS Ranked #17 in 2014, Overall drafted #24 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Future #2 down the middle. Brings a lot to the table. Great combination of skill and defensive upside. The fact he plays center increases his value even more. He probably needs to bulk up his 6-foot-0, 185-pound frame and will have the time to do so.
Bo Horvat (ISS Ranked #10 in 2013, Overall drafted #9 in 2013 NHL Draft) – He has forced his way into more of the spotlight through determined play night in and night out. He’s a player that maximizes every ounce of talent and skill in his body. Does all the little things and plays with the same intensity level at both ends of the rink. Expect his level of play and production to rise next year as he takes on a bigger role in the offense.
Hunter Shinkaruk (ISS Ranked #13 in 2013, Overall drafted #24 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Big things are expected of Shinkaruk, 21, who began his pro career with Utica Comets-based AHL affiliate. This is a pivotal season for his development.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Cole Cassels (ISS Ranked #106 in 2013, Overall drafted #85 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Expect the Canucks brass to give him time to develop and dominate at the AHL level before a promotion to the NHL. Although doesn’t possess that elite offensive upside, there is no doubt he will be a game changer in the future.
“After selecting sniper Jake Virtanen last year 6th overall, Canucks GM Jim Benning continued to add skilled players to their development pool with Brock Boeser another dangerous offensive forward. The future of Virtanen and Boeser down the wings shows a ton of promise in Vancouver. Overall, despite trading their second-round pick previously traded to Calgary, the Canucks did pretty well to maximize their return. An area where Vancouver hasn’t drafted incredibly well has been on the backend, however that changed in 2015 when they selected Brisebois who had slipped to the 3rd round. Another Great Value pick has to be re-entry d-men Carl Neill, strong mobile kid who should challenge for NHL job after some seasoning in the AHL”. -Dennis MacInnis, ISS Hockey Director of Scouting
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