The Vancouver Canucks have another huge-identify prospect arriving this yr out of the NCAA, and because of that, it’s uncomplicated to neglect that some other Canucks’ collegiate prospective buyers may possibly make the bounce to pro this season as very well.
We all know Quinn Hughes is coming quite, quite soon. We’ve regarded it for really some time. The day is quickly approaching, and Vancouver Canucks followers are outside of thrilled for his arrival. While a lot of fans’ awareness has been on Hughes this yr, there are a couple Canucks’ prospective buyers in the NCAA who may possibly also make the bounce to pro this season.
A teammate of Hughes on the University of Michigan men’s team, William Lockwood was selected by the Canucks in the 3rd spherical of the 2016 draft at 64th total. The scouting report on Lockwood is that he is a solid two-way participant who utilizes his significant-stop foot speed to acquire position on the opposition and inherently is aware of how to create time and room for himself and teammates.
Lockwood, at 20 several years of age, is in his 3rd yr with the University of Michigan and is wrapping up a sound season, in which he has picked up 15 objectives and 15 helps in 34 video games therefore significantly. He also serves as an assistant captain for Michigan’s management team.
Lockwood is also a vital component of Michigan’s ability play, choose a gander at this one particular-timer Lockwood scored on the male-edge on March 1st. What a shot it was — a quick release, and as the announcer said, that is an NHL target right there. Guess who obtained the secondary guide on that target? You guessed it, Quinn Hughes.
Do not be stunned if Lockwood makes the bounce to pro along with Hughes at the stop of Michigan’s season this yr. Whether or not or not Lockwood jumps right into the NHL or spends the remaining little bit of this yr with the Utica Comets is however not known — but Lockwood will probable indicator an entry-amount agreement with the Canucks this month.
Ah, indeed Tyler Madden. The delightful surprise of past year’s draft. Selected in the 3rd spherical at 68th total by the Canucks, Madden is a hugely expert offensive participant that lots of Canucks followers didn’t fork out much awareness to right until just after this year’s World Juniors’ event hosted in Vancouver and Victoria.
At the World Junior Championship, Madden experienced a quite amazing demonstrating in the United states of america vs. Finland sport. In that sport, Madden was flying up and down the ice, and potted two objectives, including the sport-winner.
Just after an all-all-around sound demonstrating at the event in which Madden finished with three objectives and one particular guide, he returned back again to his team at Adam Gaudette‘s alma mater, Northeastern University.
Madden picked up right in which he remaining off from the planet juniors and ongoing to conduct at a significant amount for Northeastern. Madden is presently tied for second in objectives on the team at 10. He is also tied for fourth on the team in points with 25, and tied for the team direct in ability play objectives.
Hold in brain, he’s performing all of this as a freshman. It is no marvel that Judd Brackett and co. were so significant on Madden when they selected him. The knock on Madden heading into the draft appeared to be his sizing. On both of those the Northeastern University web-site and Elite Potential customers, Madden is detailed at 5’11 and just 150 kilos.
Having said that, Madden’s abilities are simply just undeniable. He has a wonderful release on his shot, quick palms and ft, and displays good timing and behavior when tasked with safeguarding the puck.
Simply because he is a freshman, it is probable that Madden returns for at least one particular extra yr at Northeastern, but as Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal stories, all solutions are on the table and nothing at all is remaining dominated out when it arrives to signing Madden this yr.
Right before you check with, I didn’t contain Jack Rathbone in this short article because regardless of owning a excellent freshman yr himself with Harvard University, Rathbone looks to however need to have some extra time to produce and will be a significant vital to Harvard’s blue line following yr — and I haven’t witnessed any stories saying that Rathbone programs to indicator with the Canucks at the stop of this season.
Hughes will nearly unquestionably indicator this yr, Lockwood probable will do the exact same, and there’s a prospect that a young Madden also places pen to paper on an entry-amount agreement this yr as very well. Who are you most thrilled to see in a Canucks’ uniform (in addition to Hughes) out of the NCAA? Let me know in the remarks.