Before he was in the National Hockey League for a month, newcomer Elias Pettersson wondered how Vancouver Canucks managed to win it with the fifth election of the 2017 draft.
Not only did the 20-year-old Swede almost round the field when the excellent November in Ottawa Senator Brady Tkachuk narrowed the gap, Pettersson was also second-ranked NHLers Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick at the top of his draft grade and went first and second in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Canucks hope that next year people will be asking about the same things about Quinn Hughes, an ultra-dynamic defender who was ready in June in seventh place and playing his second season at the University of Michigan.
Hughes could get acquainted with being the best player in the US Hockey School this season, and if he wins the Hobey Baker Prize, he will succeed the trophy from the new Canuck Newspaper, the center of Adam Gaudette.
Hughes represents the epistemology of the Canucks 2018 philosophy: speed and capacity based on size, offensive potential over defense risk. Not only does Vancouver have a bunch of interesting opportunities to start a professional career in the US Hockey League, they have got another wave of gifted college and youth hockey players and European leagues.
Quinn Hughes, 19, D, University of Michigan (NCAA)
Produced: The first round, the seventh in general
Season to date: 13 GP | 3 G | 12 A | 15 P | -5
If you are old enough to remember Brian Leetch, perhaps the greatest American player, you will understand the key elements in the Hughes game. The older brother of the potential in 2019, who first chose Jack Hughes, is one of the best skaters of his age and seems to have a hockey mind to fit his abilities. What's missing is the size. If he was more than five legs and 10 pounds, he would probably play for Canucks instead of Wolverines as a 19-year-old. In one month, Hughes will be the focal point at the World Junior Championships in Vancouver and Victoria and, depending on the moment the Michigan season ends, next spring.
Canuck senior director of the development of players Ryan Johnson: "There is a lot of attention to its size and weight, but you want to make sure it's not focused on any player. You have to work in the gym and become stronger, but do not focus on (weight). speed, all this, the size of the roots. Quintin knows it. His hockey feel and skating are so elite, I think that for him the biggest thing is just understanding, what he will be able to do at the level (college) he has to work on In a good place, he is a great program, he is a focused child, he thinks of his game in the right way and draws attention to all the small details. We are very excited about him. "
Jett Woo, 18, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Produced: Second round, in 37th place
Season to date: 18 GP | 3 G | 10 A | 13 P | +6
This physical blueliner is prominent in the Canucks 2018 crop. He is a prominent player in the games, in general, a defensive defender who longs for contact and punishes opponents. After 25 points in 44 matches in Western League last year, Woo seems to have depicted his offensive play this fall. But late he started knee damage in the summer, and then worsened when he reported the camp for soldiers. At 205 pounds, a handful is playing against and could try with a Canadian world team led by Moose Jaw coach Tim Hunter.
Ryan Johnson: "He started to work (he) and started jumping into things. All the signs are that he really did not miss the beat. His competition and all the things we love are there. We know how to defend himself, loves to play physically and loves the contact page of the game. When you start with a little bit of trouble, it is great for him to be in Team Canada. "
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Tyler Madden, 19, C, Northeastern University (NCAA)
Produced: Third round, ranked 68th
Season to date: 12 GP | 5 G | 5 A | 10 P | +2
This five-legged center, £ 11, £ 152, has the competitiveness and savvy that you would expect from John Madden's son, who, before training, won three Stanley and Troke trophies. But Tyler Madden showed that college is a novice, that it also has a rather offensive downward. The US Hockey League is already the main player in the northeast, where it plays on the first line, power and criminal ghosts.
Johnson: "He is a mature child and he has a mature game. You would not watch how he plays at the top in a good program in the northeast and thinks he's a novice. He's fast and has a hard stick for a boy who's not big. a good set of skills, the details of the game are, of course, with him, which is not shocking with regard to his gender, there are no limitations. It would be interesting to watch his progress not only from year to year, but from month to month. "
Toni Utunen, 18, D, Tappara (SM-league)
Produced: Fifth round, 130th place in general
Season to date: 18 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 P | +3
Another underperforming look with good mobility, Utunen is redirecting himself to the SM-League as a full-time Finnish Finals after spending most of his last season in the second class. Like many Finnish defenders, they play underrated games. At five ft-11 and 169 pounds, it needs to become stronger and is a long-term project. But Canucks thinks that the project is for the NHL match.
Johnson: "The Finnish Elite League is a heavy league, so it moves after adapting to this league. It does not get tons of ice time, which it usually does not do at this age." But he plays with men, you learn to practice and practice the right path , so it's a great step for him. Tony is a good skater, a clever player who moves well in the pack. He can come to ice. "
Artem Manukyan, 20, W, Omsk (KHL)
Produced: Sixth round, 186th overall
Season to date: 33 GP | 2 G | 10 A | 12 P | +5
On seven and twenty-seven pounds, this Armenian-Russian dynamo makes Quinn Hughes look like Victor Hedman. It is also a high task to ever do the NHL, and Manukyan is one of the more interesting options in Canucks. Although he was thrilled after a hot start, the 20-year race in the Continental League (0.375) improved more than four times over his draft season. He has the ability and the tension he needs for his size, but Canucks likes how he competes.
Johnson: "I watched him play last year at the World Junior Tournament and he kind of jumped on the side. I was not there to watch him; I was there primarily to watch the best men who went near the top but he was watching him, man, he has so many marmalades and so many skills He competes Every time he was on ice, he did something that we noticed. Our amateur (Scouts) group thought that if we had the chance, to hit him in one of the late laps, he was worth this hit. It's going to be an interesting person to accompany him. He's up here. We do not know where it will go. "