Luongowned Posted December 30, 2014 Share Posted December 30, 2014 I rarely make posts but I felt very compelled to in regards to Jake Virtanen. I remember sitting at home reading the boards on draft day. There were a wide variety of posts stating the displeasure of the Canucks picking Virtanen over one of Ritchie, Ehlers or Nylander. People were convinced that we had made the wrong selection and that any of the other three players were better choices. I've followed all 4 players since then and am glad to say that we made the right choice. Virtanen plays with a tenacity and ferociousness that is difficult to teach, while also showing glimpses of pure skill and finess. He is the complete package and we are truly lucky to have a player of his ability. People were worried regarding his injury, people questioned his hockey IQ and play making ability. He returned from his injury and showed great play making ability thus far, he's shown consistency and poise that everyone feared he wouldn't be able to recover after his shoulder injury. I know it's still very early in their development but when I watch Virtanen on the ice I get excited and I haven't felt that from a prospect in our system since Bure. Now I'm not comparing him to Bure and we would be lucky if he developed into anything close to him, but I can say with certainty that our future looks bright and that we certainly made the right choice. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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