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4) Vancouver Canucks
Top Five Prospects: Thatcher Demko, Nils Hoglander, Quinn Hughes, Vasily Podkolzin, Jett Woo
Despite the graduation of Elias Pettersson, the Vancouver Canucks have one of the best prospect pools in the league. Padded by a solid draft, the Canucks could very well be on the verge of something great. And it is going to be fun to watch.
Quinn Hughes is arguably the best defensive prospect in the NHL (we’ll get to his main challenger shortly). He displayed his elite skill at the end of the season, exciting British Columbia in the process. He’s an elite skater who is an offensive threat with his creativity, shot, and ability to pass.
Hughes is the obvious top prospect right now, but forward Vasili Podkolzin might be right there with him. He has two years left in Russia, but the prospect has elite talent in his game. He’ll run you over and score while doing it.
Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
Sticking with the forwards, one player I was excited about in the 2019 NHL Draft was Nils Hoglander. He plays a similar game to Podkolzin, despite his smaller size. He’s fast, gets in the face of opponents, and can produce. The future Canucks offence will be getting under the rest of the NHL’s skin. Another prospect to watch is centreman Tyler Madden.
Back to the defence, coming in behind Hughes is Jett Woo. He can dance along the blue line and play physically when he needs to. Oh, and he can put up the points. The Canucks are very deep on the backend, with Olli Juolevi, Toni Utunen, and Jack Rathbone also looking like NHL defenders.
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In net, the club is set up very nicely. Thatcher Demko and Michael DiPietro are two of the best goaltending prospects in the league and are already making their mark on the NHL. Demko has 10 games under his belt, and that number will go up this season as he looks like he’ll stick with the big club. DiPietro had one game, that he probably shouldn’t have played in.