#5 Tristan Luneau, D
The Canucks may want to go for a right-handed defenceman. The 2022 class has a lot of lefties going in the first round but Tristan Luneau is a right-handed option.
Luneau is ranked as low as 53 by EliteProspects but as high as 21 by Mckenzie. He currently plays for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.
“Mobile two-way blueliner with good size and great instincts,” said Dobber’s Nick Richard on Luneau. “Has the potential to be a play-driving top-four defenseman at the NHL level.”
There are lots to like about Luneau.
The 6’2″ 174-pound blueliner scored 12 goals and got 31 assists for 43 points in 63 games with the Olympiques this past season.
Luneau’s puck handling ability is top-notch and so is his passing and hockey IQ. He is also great at starting the rush.
Despite being only 174 pounds, (bulking up is something he needs to work on) Luneau isn’t afraid to lay out some hits. In the defensive zone, he is always taking away passing lanes and forcing turnovers.
Luneau’s slap shot isn’t that powerful and his wrist shot’s accuracy needs work but the shot itself isn’t bad.
The Canucks could benefit from a smart and quick blueliner on their right side and Luneau ticks off a lot of the boxes.
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