Vancouver Canucks: A look at the Right-Handed Defence depth chart

VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 2: Troy Stecher #51 of the Vancouver Canucks sprays water in the air during their NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena April 2, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)"n
VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 2: Troy Stecher #51 of the Vancouver Canucks sprays water in the air during their NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena April 2, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)"n /
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LAVAL, QC – MARCH 09: Jalen Chatfield #5 of the Utica Comets and Daniel Audette #24 of the Laval Rocket skate against each other during the AHL game at Place Bell on March 9, 2019 in Laval, Quebec, Canada. The Laval Rocket defeated the The Utica Comets 5-3. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
LAVAL, QC – MARCH 09: Jalen Chatfield #5 of the Utica Comets and Daniel Audette #24 of the Laval Rocket skate against each other during the AHL game at Place Bell on March 9, 2019 in Laval, Quebec, Canada. The Laval Rocket defeated the The Utica Comets 5-3. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

Jalen Chatfield

Jalen Chatfield is 22 years old and has just wrapped up his second season with the Utica Comets. An undrafted defenceman, the Canucks signed him to a three-year entry level deal with a cap hit of $765,000 in 2017.

He has been a sound defenceman in Utica but likely won’t make the jump to Canucks unless there are a number of injuries to some of the Canucks defencemen. He played junior with the Windsor Spitfires and won the CHL Memorial Cup in the 2016-17 season.

Mitch Eliot

Like Chatfield, Mitch Eliot is a right-handed defenceman in the CHL who went undrafted before signing with the Canucks. Eliot was signed in December of 2018 and finished his season with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. With the Sting this season, Eliot put up 55 points in 66 games.

Eliot is a defenceman with a fairly hard slapshot and is positionally sound and poised in his own end of the ice. Eliot will most likely play for the Utica Comets for all of or the majority of next season, and may actually be higher than Chatfield on the Canucks depth chart. The team will soon get a better understanding of what they really have in Eliot by the end of next season.