World News – CA – Vancouver Canucks Jim Benning’s success in subsequent draft series

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By Sartaaj Bhullar October 7, 2020

Vancouver Canucks will have to wait until the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft to make a pick Unless their GM Jim Benning recovers a second round pick, their first selection will be placed 82nd overall

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It’s usually a bad situation when a team doesn’t pick until the third round, but Benning’s recent success in the middle to late rounds is a sign of hope for the Canucks since the 2017 NHL Draft. , Benning did an excellent job of finding gems by the third round and thereaftereval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3’, ‘ezslot_2’, 662, ‘0’, ‘0’] )); eval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3’ ‘,’ ezslot_3 ‘, 662,’ 0 ‘,’ 1 ‘]));

With Thatcher Demko officially a full-time NHL goalie, DiPietro became the Canucks’ top goaltending prospect Drafted with the 64th overall pick in 2017, DiPietro started his very first NHL game in the past. of the 2018-19 season His very first game was not a pretty one as he allowed seven goals, but the loss did the opposite of damaging the confidence of the young goalkeeper

« But that was probably the best thing for me, come back on it, because it really opened my eyes to the subject of professional gaming, and I don’t just owe the players, but the staff at coaches with their understanding and make sure I keep developing my game So it’s been eight months, but I think it’s pretty good « 

DiPietro had a good first season as a starter for the Canucks minor league team, the Utica Comets He posted a 21-11-2 record with a 279 goals-against average and a 908 save percentage Matthew Zator of the Hockey Writers concluded that DiPietro had a better professional first season with the Comets than Demko because he was six months younger and had a weaker defensive team

DiPietro is only 21, but the Canucks could call him to the main roster ASAP With Jacob Markstrom potentially on his way to Vancouver, and if they don’t sign a replacement for Demko, DiPietro could have a chance next season His first season in the AHL shows the 21-year-old will one day start in the NHLeval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4’, ‘ezslot_9’, 664, ‘0 ‘,’ 0 ‘]));

Rathbone became one of the Canucks’ top four prospects behind Vasili Podkolzin, Nils Hoglander and Brogan Rafferty Rathbone, drafted with the 95th overall pick in 2017, signed with the team in July He is an offensive defenseman and scored 31 points in 28 games with Harvard University last season

« Jack is a dynamic player He has the ability to transition from the puck to the defensive zone, brings good offensive instincts and plays with an advantage in his game. We are happy that Jack is joining our roster »

eval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-leader-1’, ‘ezslot_0’, 656, ‘0’, ‘0’])); Rathbone will likely be on the Canucks’ second defensive pair for most of his NHL career behind Quinn Hughes He brings a lot of offensive skills similar to that of the Calder Trophy finalist, which includes his elite skating and passing skills. Rathbone will likely spend time with the Comets next season, but will have the opportunity to break through the main roster thanks to training camp

Benning had two excellent mid-round picks in the 2018 NHL Draft He drafted Madden with the 68th overall pick, but traded it in a package for Tyler Toffoli Toffoli likely heading to the agency free, trading Madden may have been a GM mistake

At the time, Brock Boeser was out for potentially eight weeks with a rib injury, so adding Toffoli to his top six to make the playoffs logical Toffoli has made seven of the 17 playoffs, so the return was not as good as Benning expected Losing Madden will likely hurt as he was one of the Canucks’ top prospects

Benning selected Utunen in 130th place overall in 2018 Utunen plays a defense-oriented style of play From the age of 14 to turning pro, the Finnish defender has played against players from two years older than him (from «  Canucks Top 10 Prospects: No offense, goal Toni Utunen clearly a defenseman,  » The Province, 09/24 / 2020) As a result, he transformed his game into a stay-at-home style. houseeval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-1’, ‘ezslot_5’, 665, ‘0’, ‘0’]));

« The role he currently occupies is one of the permanent and home type. He does this by effectively using his staff and his spread control to thwart the threats to come Although not the tallest player on the market, he maneuvers and steers well low and can handle the front of the net as well. »

Utunen’s defensive style of play is different from that of the other top young defenders in the Canucks main lineup and their portfolio of prospects Hughes, Rathbone, Rafferty and Olli Juolevi all have offensive abilities, which makes them Important Utunen skills Due to his safer style of play, he will likely be the Canucks’ sixth or seventh defenseman in the future

The Canucks selected center Focht with the 133rd pick in last year’s draft He had a strong 2019-20 season with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen as he scored 32 goals, second behind Ottawa Senators prospect Mark Kastelic (38) The Regina native worked hard last summer to improve his skating (from « Ben Kuzma: Is hot Carson Focht another Canucks find in the fifth round? » », The Province, 07/23/2020) eval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2’, ‘ezslot_6’, 666, ‘0’, ‘0’])); eval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com- large-banner-mobile-2’, ‘ezslot_7’, 666, ‘0’, ‘1’]));

« I worked a lot on my skating this offseason My two-way play and work ethic are things I can bring to stand out and I want to make a difference Going to Camp (Canucks) last year m ‘really gave a lot of confidence in the pace « 

Focht is 6-1 / 1, 185 pounds, plays a two-way game, and uses his speed on the forward failure to force plays, according to Benning There is no guarantee that Focht’s score will advance to the NHL, but his style and two-way speed will help him become one of the last six centers to eliminate penalties for the Canucks in the future

The Canucks selected Aidan McDonough with the 195th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft The left winger scored 11 goals and 27 points in 31 games in his debut season with Northeastern University McDonough’s shot is a strength, as well as his size and his hands His coach at Northeastern, Jim Madigan, thinks he has become a better player away from the puck (from « Canucks Top 10 Prospects: Aidan McDonough Has A Big Bang, Needs More speed, ”The Province, 9/23/2020) He believes the 20-year-old improved his defense, positioning and puck-fighting ability last season

McDonough, similar to Focht, is a few years away from the NHL but will be an excellent winger in the last six. His shooting and defensive play will allow him to be an effective player for the Canucks in the future

Looking at Benning’s recent mid and late-round record over the past three years, the Canucks have a good chance of finding more gems in the 2020 NHL Draft The club must continue to add to their pool of prospects and continue to produce the best players through the draft Benning also drafted Adam Gaudette in 2015, who now plays on the Canucks’ third row

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World News – CA – Vancouver Canucks Jim Benning’s success in final rounds of Draft


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