It is a great work developing players from the Junior leagues, the NCAA, the ECHL, and the AHL. But all is lost if the player is staggers while making the jump to the NHL and withers away due to NHL competition.
That’s why these tops picks and these four precious players need to be perfectly developed. They are crucial pieces to the Vancouver Canucks for the coming decade-plus years.
There’s another reason why the Canucks have to be so careful with these four’s development.
The Canucks are planning to slow down the next wave of youth movements. That means that the Canucks are going to have to work with what they have at the NHL level already — Horvat, Virtanen, Hutton, and McCann.
The Canucks have a lot coming up the system. Brock Boeser, Thatcher Demko, and Nikita Tyramkin, as well as the numerous others that find themselves in the CHL and the AHL. Who knows how much younger this Canucks squad can get?
But it’s not only about how much youth you have in the lineup. It’s about winning with the youth, and about the youth winning games for you. Developing these four is going to be your foundation going forward. And that was the Canucklehead Lament. Thanks for reading!
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*Stats and drafting history courtesy of HockeyDB.com