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Jake Virtanen

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After watching some of the U17 Team Pacific camp this weekend in Kamloops I think anyone out there who is not already keeping an eye on Jake Virtanen should be. He purely outclasses the best BC and Alberta have to offer at his age group and showed why Calgary took him at #1 in last years WHL draft. I fully expect him to be a main contributor as a 16 year old this year for Calgary. He has unbelievable speed, an NHL calibre release in his shot and can absolutely steamroll players with hits. He is like a combination of Ovechkin/Malkin/Iginla. This kid is going to be an incredible hockey player.

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My mom actually is good friends with his mom, so I will be keeping an eye on him very closely.

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He is a great player, Im good friends with his bro and have seen him play a lot. He is going to develop into an amazing Hockey Player

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inb4 Trade for Columbus's 2014 pick

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It is a long time from now but as it stands he is definitely a contender for at least a top 3 pick. Here is a link to a video of him breaking through the whole Vancouver Giants team in an end to end rush last year. Keep in mind in the video he is playing as a 15 year old underage player! Incredible.

http://hitmenhockey.com/video/index/id/1325908522

fast forward to 40 seconds

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After watching him at the Hitmen-Giant's game on Saturday two things occurred to me:

1) He had as much talent, and the ability to use it effectively, as any player on the ice.

2) He has absolutely no clue how to position himself defensively yet.

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After watching him at the Hitmen-Giant's game on Saturday two things occurred to me:

1) He had as much talent, and the ability to use it effectively, as any player on the ice.

2) He has absolutely no clue how to position himself defensively yet.

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He is 16 years old and in his first full year in the WHL, There are NHL players who I question their defensive awareness so give him a shot to develop that. As for his offence, his skill for his age is incredible. He has had unflattering numbers so far but still should put up 20 goals as a rookie, and that is with a ridiculous amount of line shuffling going on in Calgary. I watched their second game against Lethbridge this week and he was on a line with Greg Chase and Victor Rask and with some allowance to gain some chemistry I think that line may be lethal and we will see Virtanen shoot up in production and possibly put up 30 this year

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He got the winner the other night... may not be the prettiest looking goal but to me has some pretty high IQ going into making this play.

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so glad he's finally capitalizing while he gets ice time

his speed gets him around defensemen on a regular basis. Gonna be a treat to watch for sure, might take a little longer to develop in my opinion.

also Rask is back! huge boost

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He's only 16 and in his full WHL season, and he's playing on the top line with Cody and Greg Chase these days

40 goal season next year

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I agree, He had a slow start this year but I think thats an adjustment period. I think he will finish with about 20 goals this year and will shoot up dramatically next year.

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Team Pacific played their first game in the U17 World Challenge and the game was a beauty against Russia. 8-7 OT win in an all offence game. Jake scored a beauty goal getting by 2 russian players and sniping similar to his goal in Vancouver as a 15 year old.

Looking forward to continue watching this tournament as it goes on.

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Jake has continued to have a fantastic tournament, even though I have heard he has been playing while very sick. He now has 4 goals midway through their 3rd game.

a couple BEAUTIFUL goals against Finland today.

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Thanks for the vids. In the few Hitemen games I saw this year you can tell this kid has men's strength already.

Hopefully he comes back to Calgary and finish the year strong. He has too much talent to be held back

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Jake has continued to have a fantastic tournament, even though I have heard he has been playing while very sick. He now has 4 goals midway through their 3rd game.

a couple BEAUTIFUL goals against Finland today.

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