Before being in the national hockey league a month, the novice Elias Pettersson had people who wondered how the Vancouver cancers could take him to the fifth choice of the 2017 draft.
Not only was the 20-year Swede who almost left the field in the novice classification race: the excellent November of Sen. Brady Tkachuk of Ottawa made him reduce the gap, but Pettersson also is surpassing NHLers Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick overcame his draft class and was first and second in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
The Canucks expect people to ask themselves the same next year on Quinn Hughes, the ultra-dynamic defense that was written seventh overall last June and is playing their second season at the University of Michigan .
Hughes could be the best US hockey player this season and if he gains the Hobey Baker Award, he will inherit the troupe of another novice from Canuck, center Adam Gaudette.
Hughes summarizes the philosophy of the 2018 Canucks project: speed and ability over size, offensive potential on defensive risk. Vancouver not only has many attractive prospects for starting its professional career in the American Hockey League, but has another wave of talented players from the university and youth hockey and European leagues .
Quinn Hughes, 19, D, University of Michigan (NCAA)
Writing: First round, seventh overall
Season to date: 13 GP | 3 G | 12 A | 15 P | -5
If you are old enough to remember that Brian Leetch, possibly the best player born in America, will understand the basic elements of the game of Hughes. The eldest brother of the possible 2019 world premiere, Jack Hughes, Quinn is one of the best skaters of his age and seems to have a hockey mindset that matches his abilities. What is missing is size. If he were taller than five-foot -10 and 170 pounds, he would probably be playing for the Canucks instead of the Wolverins as a 19-year-old boy. In a month, Hughes will be a central figure in the Junior World Championship of Vancouver and Victoria, and by the end of the Michigan season, he could be at the NHL next spring.
Canuck, senior development manager Ryan Johnson: "There is a lot of attention to its size and weight, but he wants to make sure that this is not the focus for any player. You need to do the work at the gym and get more Strong, but do not focus on one (weight). The sense and speed of the hockey, all this, the size of the shots. Quintin knows it. His sense and hockey skating are so elite, I think the most important thing for him is to simply understand what he might be able to escape to the level he needs for the next level. He is in a real good place with a great program. He is a boy centered. He thinks about him Your game in the right way and pay attention to all the little details. We are very enthusiastic about it. "
Jett Woo, 18, D, Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Writing: Second round, 37th overall
Season to date: 18 GP | 3 G | 10 A | 13 P | +6
This physical blueliner is a benchmark in the 2018 Canucks cultivation project. He is a rival between the selections of the draft, in general, a defensive defense that yearns for contact and punishes opponents. After 25 points in 44 games in the West League last season, Woo seems to be increasing his offensive game this fall. But he had a late start after hurting his knee during the summer, and this worsened when he reported to the Warriors training camp. At 205 pounds, he is a handful of players and has been able to test the junior team in the world of Canada, led by coach Tim Hunter of Moose Jaw.
Ryan Johnson: "He put the work to get himself (sa) and jumped into things. All the signs are that he has not lost much. His competition and all the things we love him They are there. We know how he defends himself, he loves playing physical and loves the game part of the game. After starting a bit of adversity, it's great that he is in the team's combination of Canada. "
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Tyler Madden, 19, C, Northeastern University (NCAA)
Writing: Third round, general number 68
Season to date: 12 GP | 5 G | 5 A | 10 P | +2
This five-foot center of 11,155 pounds is competitively anticipated and expected from the son of John Madden, who won three Stanley Cups and a Selke Trophy before becoming a coach. But Tyler Madden has proved to be a first university student who also has great offensive potential. The classification of the United States Hockey League is already a central player in the northeast, where he plays in the front line, the game of power and the penalty killing.
Johnson: "He is an adult guy and he has a mature game. You will not see that he plays at the top in a good program in the northeast and thinks he is a first player. He is fast and has a heavy stick for a boy who does not It's a great competitor, but it has a very good skill. The details of the game come naturally to him, something that is not surprising given his pedigree. There is really no limit. It will be exciting to see his Progress not only year after year, but monthly. This is how much is improving. "
Toni Utunen, 18, D, Tappara (SM-liiga)
Writing: Fifth round, 130 overall
Season to date: 18 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 P | +3
Another reduced perspective with a good mobility, Utunen, is passing to SM-liiga as a full-time player in Finland's top league after spending most of last season in the second division. Like many Finns defenders, he plays a discreet game. At five-foot-11 and 169 pounds, it must be stronger and it is a long-term project. But the Canucks think it is projected to the NHL game.
Johnson: "Finland Elite League is a tough league, so it is going through an adjustment that moves towards this league. It is not receiving a lot of ice weather, which they usually do not have at this age. But it plays with men , learn to practice and train in the right way, so it is a great step for him. Toni is a good skater, an intelligent player who moves the disc well. Can lift the gel. "
Artem Manukyan, 20, W, Omsk (KHL)
Writing: Sixth round, general 186
Season to date: 33 GP | 2 G | 10 A | 12 P | +5
Five-foot-seven and 139 pounds, this Armenian-Russian dynamo makes Quinn Hughes resemble Victor Hedman. It is also a high order because it has never done the NHL, but Manukyan is one of the most intriguing prospects of the Canucks organization. Although it has cooled off after a hot start offending, the 20-year game points in the Continental League (0.375) have improved their draft season more than four times. He has the ability and elusiveness required by a player of his size, but canucks also like how he competes.
Johnson: "I saw him play in the junior tournament of the world last year and he left the page for me. I was not here to watch it; I was there, mainly, to see the guys that were going to arrive On the top of the draft, but to see him play, man, he has so much jam and so much skill. He competes. Every time he was on the ice, he did something that we noticed from him. Our amateur group (explorer) thought that if we had the chance to take a shot in one of the final rounds, it was worth doing it. It will be an interesting guy to follow. There is an advantage there. We do not know where he goes to go ".