Zack MacEwen (C/RW)
2017-18 stats (AHL)
Last, but certainly not least is Zack MacEwen. If you haven’t heard of MacEwen, I don’t blame you. He was signed as an undrafted free agent from the QMJHL in 2017. Some weren’t thrilled with the signing at the time, but after his first AHL season, opinions shifted.
I know the stats don’t leap off the page, but hear me out. MacEwen was fourth in team scoring, benefiting from the several call ups made by the big club during the 2017-18 season. He is a really fun player to watch.
I didn’t know what to expect from him at the start of the season. Unfortunately, signing players like Yan-Pavel Laplante and Griffen Molino didn’t inspire much confidence for me. But I’m glad I was pleasantly surprised.
MacEwen brings a unique combination of size, speed and skill. He can show flashes of absolute brilliance and at other times make odd decisions. His game was raw, but he developed well under Utica Comets coach Trent Cull.
There is no way MacEwen makes the Canucks out of camp, especially with so many bottom six forwards fighting for the same spots. However, what you may be surprised by is how much you will like this player by the end of camp. MacEwen looks poised to become a modern energy player with elements of a throwback. He’s more than just a grinder. There is offensive potential there and if he can continue to take the next steps, he may be an exciting part of the future.