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1 minute ago, MikeyD said:

Offensive d-man? What kind of player is he? I know nothing of this kid. 

More of a two way puck-mover. Smart player, smooth skater and has willingness to get physical. 

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17 minutes ago, Qwags said:

3rd D-man of the draft. Benning filling a need.

Jim loves those D. Needs to satisfy his needs.

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Just now, NHL'er said:

Jim loves those D. Needs to fill his need.

*oops the *team's need. 

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Interesting to see Benning / Canucks brass going back to Liiga / NCAA heavily these past few years. 

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This pick will take time to develop, but I am optimistic that he can be a solid 2-way D man if developed properly.

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8 minutes ago, SID.IS.SID.ME.IS.ME said:

This pick is getting a lot of love on the HFBoards main prospects forum (which has several knowledgeable Euro posters and is a very different animal from the HF Canucks forum).

You mean the servers are working for you? Hilarious.

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Honesty happy with this draft, Hughes will be an nhl dman and then if 1 of the other d we pick pan out it’s a win for us! I’m so excited seeing our defence bolstered we don’t have a weak anything in our prospect cupboard anymore!!!! 

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I like taking a guy with good leadership and a good all around game late than swinging at guys with one outstanding skill.

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Very happy with this pick.  Smart, leader, excellent in his own end and Finn.  That's a great combo

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Really excited for this pick. Benning seems to find gems in the Fifth round 

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From PITB:

 

Toni Utunen - 5’10”, 172 lbs

Some solid international performances for Finland once had Toni Utunen projected to go much higher in the draft. An underwhelming season offensively, however, has Utunen slipping down draft boards, to the point he might not get picked at all.

Utunen played in the second tier Finnish league, Mestis, putting up two goals and 12 points in 28 games. That was enough to lead all junior-aged defencemen in the Mestis, however.

Scouting reports paint a picture of a solid two-way defenceman, that plays very well defensively, limiting both his opponent’s time with the puck and his own mistakes. He lacks the dynamic skating ability to create offence off the rush and isn’t creative enough to create much in the offensive zone, but he’s capable at distributing the puck on the power play and has a decent slap shot that hints at some untapped offensive ability.

It’s not hard to draw a parallel to Sami Vatanen. Both were captains of their U-18 international squads and both played in a lower tier of Finnish hockey in their draft years — Utunen in Mestis and Vatanen in the Jr. A SM-Liiga. Vatanen, too, had an underwhelming draft year, managing just 10 points in 20 games in the Finnish junior league.

Utunen has great defensive awareness, but also has those two words that the Canucks love: character and compete. His leadership and willingness to battle and block shots in the defensive zone are attributes that will help him on his path to making the NHL. Combine that with his well-rounded game and Utunen could be a late-round steal.

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1 minute ago, Archie the grim said:

Someone , tell Jim we're drafting for HOCKEY not jockey

You only get big, tough defensemen like Gudbranson at 3rd OA, my dude.

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