Before he was on the national hockey league in the month, newcomer Eliass Pettersson had people think how Vancouver Canucks could capture him with the fifth pick of 2017 project.
Not only is the 20-year-old Swede almost accumulating in rural youth assessment, Ottawa's Senator Brady Tkachuk has narrowed the gap in November of the year, but Pettersson also outperforms second-year NHL players Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, who beat, completing their class project and going to the first and second in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Canucks hopes next year people will wonder what Quinn Hughes, the ultra-dynamic guard, was seventh in June last year and plays his second season at the University of Michigan.
Hughes may appear to be the best player in the US college hockey this season, and if he wins the Hobey Baker Award, he will win a trophy from another Canuck youth center Adam Gaudette.
Hughes epitomizes the Canucks 2018 philosophy project: speed and skill in size, offensive potential against protection risk. Not only is Vancouver enjoying a lot of enticing prospects, starting its professional career in the American Hockey League, they have another wave of talent players coming from college and junior hockey as well as the European League.
Quinn Hughes, 19, D, University of Michigan (NCAA)
Made: First round, 7th overall
Season so far: 13 GP | 3 G | 12 A | 15 P | -5
If you are old enough to remember Brian Leetch, probably the biggest American player, you will understand the key elements of Hughes. Probably the 2019 oldest brother of Jack Hughes, Quinn is one of the best skateboarders of his age, and he seems to have a hockey mind that fits his skills. He is missing the size. If he were more than five feet 10 and 170 pounds, he probably played for Canucks instead of Wolverines as the 19-year-old. After a month, Hughes will be the main figure in the World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, and depending on when the Michigan season ends, the NHL could be next spring.
Canuck Senior Game Development Director Ryan Johnson: "There's so much attention to its size and weight, but you want to make sure it's not aimed at any player. You need to do the work in the gym and reinforce it, but do not concentrate on the weight. The sense of hockey and speed , everything that exceeds the size. Quintin knows that. His hockey feeling and skating are so elite; in my opinion, the strongest is his understanding of what he could get out of (college level), so he needs to work on the next level. He is in real good site with a great program. He is a focused child. He is right in thinking about his game and paying attention to all the small details. We are very happy about him. "
Jett Woo, 18, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Made: Second round, 37th overall
Season so far: 18 GP 3 G | 10 A | 13 P | +6
This physical vacuum pump is the Canucks 2018 Annual Cereal Project. He is amazing among project picks, usually a throwback defenseman who craves to contact and slanders opponents. After 25 points in 44 games in the Western League last season, it seems Woo seems to be increasing its offensive game this fall. But he had a delayed start after hurting his path during the summer, then deteriorated as he reported on a soldier training camp. After 205 pounds, he is slightly to play against and could get a test with the Canadian World Junior Team headed by Moose Jaw coach Tim Hunter.
Ryan Johnson: "He put in work to get himself (healthy) and slowly slowed down things. All the indications that he really did not know was missing. He is competing and all the things we have about him are there. We know how he is defending , he loves to play physically and loves the game on the side of the contact. Beginning with a few troubles, it's great that he is in Team Canada. "
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Tyler Madden, 19, C, Northeast University (NCAA)
Made: Third round, 68th overall
Season so far: 12 GP | 5 G | 5 A | 10 p | +2
This five-foot 11,152-pound center is a competitive and savvy you've been expecting from John Madden's son, who won the three Stanley Cups and Selke Trophy before becoming a coach. However, Tyler Madden has shown as the first college that he also has a significant attack. United States Hockey League Grad is already the main player in the Northeast, where he plays in the first line, a game of play and a killing of punishment.
Johnson: "He is a mature child and is a mature game, you will not see that he played in the top line with a good program called Northeastern and I think he is a freshman. He's fast and he has a heavy black guy who is not big. He is a competitor. , but it has a really good set of skills.News about the game are natural to him, not shocking, given his pedigree. There really are no limitations. It will be exciting to watch his progress not only from the year but from month to month. is how much he is improving. "
Toni Utunen, 18, D, Tappar (SM-too)
Made: Fifth circle, 130th total
Season so far: 18 GP 0 G | 1 A | 1 P | +3
Another low-probability with good mobility Utunen moves to SM-too as a full-time player in the Finnish league after releasing most of the last season's second division. Like many Finnish guards, he plays a low game. At five feet 11 and 169 pounds, he needs to be strengthened and has a long-term project. But Canucks thinks he is developing an NHL game.
Johnson: "The Finnish Elite League is a solid league, so he continues to adjust to that league. He does not get a ton of ice time, which the guys usually are not at this age. But he plays with men, learns to practice and train the right way, so it's An excellent step for him. Toni is a good skater, a clever player who has a good shot. He can lift the ice. "
Artem Manukyan, 20, W, Omsk (KHL)
Made: In the sixth round, 186th overall
Season so far: 33 GP | 2 G | 10 A | 12 P | +5
With a five foot seven and 139 pounds of this Armenian-Russian dynamo makes Quinn Hughes look like Victor Hedman. It's also a big milestone for him to never make the NHL, but Manukyan is one of the even more intriguing chances in the Canucks organization. Although he has fallen out of the hot start offensive, the 20-year Continental league scores for one game (0.375) has improved more than four times over their season's project. He has the skill and elusiveness of demanding a player of his size, but Canucks also likes how he is competing.
Johnson: "Last year, I watched him play in the world champion's tournament, and he jumped me out of the page. I was not there to watch him; I was there first, to watch the most appreciated guys who were going to go to the top of the project. watching him, he plays, man, he has so much jam and so much skill. He is competing. Every time he was on ice, he did something when we took his attention. Our group of amateur (intelligence) believed that if one of the late stages we had the opportunity to take a shot, he was worth the shot. He would be an interesting guy to follow. It's up. We just do not know where it goes. "