7. RW Anton Rodin (7.7)
It’s Anton Rodin time! Anton who? Anton The Guy Jim Benning Wants In The Canucks’ Top Six Next Season!
Rodin, a right winger from Sweden, was drafted by the Canucks in the second round, 53rd overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft. Yeah, it’s been a while.
He spent the two seasons following his draft year playing professionally in his home country before coming to North America in 2011. However, just 111 underwhelming games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves later, he went back home and continued his SHL career with Brynas IF.
However, thanks to his entry-level NHL contract and those two years with the Wolves, the Canucks kept his rights and get to give him another chance next season.
Now the captain of his team, Rodin recorded 16 goals and 37 points in 33 games this season, before suffering a knee injury. He certainly possesses NHL talent, but is he the right kind of player?
Rodin is a superb skater who flies across the ice while handling the puck with ease. He can handle the puck, pass it and shoot it, but he might be the kind of outstanding European player who struggles in North America.
Can he make it in the NHL? We shall find out soon.
Floor: back to Europe
Ceiling: NHL top-six forward
Next: Canucks Prospect #6