The Vancouver Canucks certainly don’t have the deepest prospect pool. And that’s okay, even though the club is rebuilding.
With Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann and Ben Hutton already in the NHL and Thatcher Demko and Brock Boeser hopefully coming up soon, the Canucks have done a great job drafting and developing talent. Add to that youngsters like Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund who came via trade, as well as potential late-round steals like Tate Olson and Jordan Subban, and you’ve got yourself a promising group of players.
Obviously, there are still many question marks about the club’s prospects, too. Can Anton Rodin and Nikita Tryamkin make it in North America? Will Subban’s defensive game be good enough for the NHL? Can Andrey Pedan be more than a seventh D-man? You get the idea.
At least, the aforementioned group of players gets fans like us excited for more. This season is lost and we have had to witness some terrible games, but it puts the club into a great position for the draft.
No matter whose names Jim Benning will call come June, the Vancouver Canucks’s future is bright.