Popular Post Arrow 1983 Posted January 20, 2020 Popular Post Share Posted January 20, 2020 (edited) So I was looking at Virtanen's stats and i noticed who was 2 spots behind him. Virtanen 14g 14a 28pts -1 Time on ice 12:39 McCann 14g 14a 28pts +15 Time on ice 15:24 Both players are 23 and both of course Drafted the same year in the same round. What can this tell us as hockey fans, I would say this is a normal trajectory for players that are not truly gifted like guys named Hughes, Petty or other superstar players. I would argue these are prime examples of why you should never right off a player. When these kids are being drafted they are still kids at 18-19 years old. Those of us that are older should know best that even 4-5 years when you are 18 can mean a major difference in who a person can become. The truth is if these kids had failed, you can easily place part of the blame on their first NHL coach and GM. These 2 guys should have never been in the league when they where and a year or 2 in the AHL could have helped their careers. This brings me to my real point of this topic his Name is Olli Juolevi, or any kid drafted by this team or any other team that has high expectations. I have been following Juolevi since he was drafted but mostly since he started his AHL career. I have watched him live and on tv streams, this kid is truly gifted but when i say that I don't mean how Hughes or Petty is. His best comparable on the current Canucks would be Bo Horvat. He is not flashy, he is not gifted offensively, but he sure does get the job done and he never stops working, the reports where true he did need to work on his defensive game and i would argue he has brought that part of his game to a whole new level in a very short time. Kind of how Horvat has changed and improved his game each and every year to make him the player he is today. If Juolevi becomes a part of this team as Horvat has i would argue no one will ever say he is a bust ever again. Juolevi is in my opinion a guy who will beat the odds and come back from injury even stronger. Don't count the kid out he is 21 years old. I would say the biggest lesson JB has learn as a GM is to understand that these are kids and they all develop at their own pace and at their own time. I truly believe that JB would handle the McCann situation completely different today then he did back then. I would make the argument JB has come a long way as a GM. As a Canuck fan i am proud to have JB as GM (not for how he has drafted but how he manages the players) and TG as coach. Green has done wonders for Virtanen and even though we can never know, I believe he was the right Coach for guys like Boeser, Hughes, and Petty. (In this era i would say it's not just about winning it is how a team goes about winning). This season I believe have shown their is a culture of respect between the players coaches and management. This season is having a feeling of something special. So before you ask why aren't they calling up Rafferty (this guy looks like a stud, play wise not look wise LOL) or any other of the young guys maybe just remember there might be a plan. Edited January 20, 2020 by Arrow 1983 7 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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