Vancouver Canucks: Why Olli Juolevi is not the No. 1 Prospect

Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Olli Juolevi poses for a photo after being selected as the number five overall draft pick by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Olli Juolevi poses for a photo after being selected as the number five overall draft pick by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 7, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston College Eagles goalie Thatcher Demko (30) looks on during the second period of the semifinals of the 2016 Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament against the Quinnipiac Bobcats at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Conclusion

Enough talking — who’s No. 1?

Of course, all I can give you is my personal opinion. To me, it has to be Demko. I am extremely excited about Juolevi and Boeser as well, but nothing beats a franchise goalie like Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist or Pekka Rinne. Demko has a lot to prove until then, but he seems to be on the right way to greatness.

At the end of the day, it depends on what you value most for your franchise. Do you think a top-line scorer is the most important player? Is a top-pairing defenseman more important? Or is an elite goalie what you value most?

Simply looking at the Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price makes me think an elite goaltender is the most important thing. It is obvious that only a team can win the Stanley Cup, not a single player. But, if there is one position that can win the Cup almost single-handedly, it is a goalie. Jonathan Quick and Tim Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in their respective Stanley Cup seasons, and Price seems to be the only reason why the Canadiens were so successful in the past years.

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As mentioned in the introduction, we will rank all Vancouver Canucks prospects with our staff. I have no clue who will make the race there, but you know who my No. 1 is. In case you care, I have Juolevi second and Boeser third.

But, as I also mentioned before, none of this matters as long as Thatcher Demko, Olli Juolevi and Brock Boeser all make the NHL and stay with the club for a long time. It is great to have an elite prospect on every position.