Canucks select 7 players in the 2015 NHL Draft

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The remainder of the 2015 NHL Draft was completed on Saturday, with the Canucks adding seven more players to their prospect pool.

The Canucks started the weekend without a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick, though they added a 3rd rounder in the Eddie Lack trade and a 7th rounder in the Patrick McNally trade.

1st Round (23rd overall) – Brock Boeser

Brock Boeser is a goal scorer. His name reminds some of Brock Lesnar of the WWE/UFC.

Position: RW

Team: Waterloo (USHL)

Size: 6’0″, 191 lbs

2014-15 Stats: 55 GP – 34 G, 31 A, 65 Pts

CSS Draft Ranking: 27th (NA skaters)

Scouting Report (Craig Button, TSN): 

Brock is a multiple force offensive player. He can score in multiple ways and gets himself into prime scoring positions. Creates opportunities off the cycle and from below the goal line. Nice touch around net but can score from 30 feet. Sets his hands exceptionally well to score with an excellent release and makes it difficult for goalies to get a read on his shot. Determined, driven player.

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SEE ALSO: Canucks draft Brock Boeser 23rd overall at NHL Draft 2015

3rd Round (66th overall) – Guillaume Brisebois

Guillaume Brisebois was chosen with one of the draft picks that the Canucks received from Carolina for Eddie Lack.

Position: D

Team: Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

Size: 6′ 2″, 175 lbs

2014-15 Stats: 60 GP – 4 G, 24 A, 28 Pts

CSS Draft Ranking: 41st (NA skaters)

Scouting Report (Craig Button, TSN): 

Very fluid skating marks his game. His quickness and mobility allow him to defend very well and to beat the pressures that opponents are trying to apply. Smart, reads the play well and makes very solid plays with the puck. He’s not going to overwhelm you with great skill or physical play but he has excellent consistency, reliability and efficiency.

4th Round (114th overall) – Dmitry Zhukenov

Dmitry Zhukenov is a skilled Russian centre, who apparenetly reminds Jim Benning of Pavel Datsyuk at the same age. We can dream, can’t we?

Position: C

Team: Omsk 2 (Russia-Jr.)

Size: 5’11”, 169 lbs

2014-15 Stats: 35 GP – 3 G, 16 A, 19 Pts

CSS Draft Ranking: 61st (EU skaters)

Scouting Report (Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects): 

A diligent offensive forward that is productive at both ends of the ice. Predatory offensive instincts compliment his competitiveness and motivation to stay ahead of the play. Sees the ice very well and is creative with his abilities, willing to battle in front of the net and do the things that other players of his size would not. His defensive zone play is fascinating because he is always very proactive positionally; that being said, his style of defensive play is not very refined, and ill-suited to a more physical brand of hockey. All-in-all, a distinguished two-way competitor that will have the potential to develop into a crafty offensive producer as he gets stronger.

5th Round (144th overall) – Carl Neill

Carl Neill is a big defenceman who put up some impressive offensive totals last year for a defenceman.

Position: D

Team: Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

Size: 6’3″, 213 lbs

2014-15 Stats: 61 GP – 14 G, 26 A, 40 Pts

CSS Draft Ranking: N/A

Scouting Report (Future Considerations): 

Neill is a good two-way blueliner who looks to push the puck ahead to his forwards off quick transitions. While he has the size and strength to play a physical game he does not engage consistently. Makes some bad decisions at times. Skating is another area that needs refinement.

5th Round (149th overall) – Adam Gaudette

Gaudette was chosen with the draft pick received from the New York Rangers for Raphael Diaz in 2014.

This is the best thing you’ll see all day, Adam Gaudette’s family reacting to the news of him getting drafted by the Canucks.

Position: C

Team: Cedar Rapids (USHL)

Size: 6’0″, 170 lbs

2014-15 Stats: 50 GP – 13 G, 17 A, 30 Pts

CSS Draft Ranking: 108th (NA skaters)

Scouting Report (Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects): 

An intense, hard-working forward who shows a lot of character in not backing down under adversity. A mobile and edgy skater, but needs to improve his explosiveness with the puck. Makes smart plays under pressure, never wanting to make a mistake; sometimes a bit too careful, holding onto dead plays, but this is not a problem that will be hard to curb. Likes to go hard to the nets. Needs to get stronger and more physically astute along the boards. Never backs down and never gives up; he thrives under adversity and pressure, and finds ways to come up big in the game’s critical moments. All-in-all, a forceful two-way forward that can be counted on for stability and energy when his team is lacking the spirit to surge forward.

6th Round (174th overall) – Lukas Jasek

Lukas Jasek could be a late-round steal for the Canucks. He was ranked 23rd in Central Scouting’s rankings among European skaters.

Position: RW

Team: Trinec (Czech Republic)

Size: 5’11”, 165 lbs

2014-15 Stats: 27 GP – 0 G, 2 A, 2 Pts

CSS Draft Ranking: 23rd (EU skaters)

Scouting Report (Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects): 

A highly intelligent winger that has the ability to produce strong numbers due to his intense style of play. Tenacity and athleticism are well-represented by his slashing style of skating, cutting hard to the net and being able to hold onto the puck for that extra second. Creativity and offensive instincts are coveted assets that Jasek possesses; he exhibits exceptional vision and a sharp, accurate shot. He will need to get stronger to be able to adapt to the harsher physical conditions of the North American game. All-in-all, a speedy offensive predator that looks to impact all aspects of the game, creating energy in waves.

7th Round (210th overall) – Tate Olson

Tate Olson was chosen with the draft pick acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade for prospect Patrick McNally on Saturday. Olson is also the guy that Jake Virtanen obliterated back in October.

Position: D

Team: Prince George (WHL)

Size: 6’2″, 174 lbs

2014-15 Stats: 68 GP – 5 G, 19 A, 24 Pts

CSS Draft Ranking: 146th (NA skaters)

Scouting Report (Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects): 

A solid yet competitive defenseman that elevates his level of play at the game’s key moments. Plays safe and always makes the high-percentage play. Never takes himself out of the unfolding play and gets involved in all areas of the ice. Strong physically and asserts himself through winning board battles. Excellent transition game and makes seeing eye passes look easy. His composed demeanor lets him overlook some dumb penalties that would be very easy to take; that being said, he isn’t afraid to stand up for himself or teammates. All-in-all, a determined, hard-working defenseman that makes all of the right decisions in helping his team win.

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