Vancouver Canucks: Top Prospects For Building the Future

The Vancouver Canucks were just in the Western Conference Semifinals last season. Vancouver upset the former defending Stanley Cup Champions St. Louis Blues in six games. The Canucks lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in seven games last season in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Vancouver is underachieving big time so far this season. The Vancouver Canucks are currently in fifth place in the North Division with a 16-17-3 record with 35 points so far this season. They have a slim chance to make it back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season but will see if they do or not.

The Vancouver Canucks have had some young players come through the farm system the past few years. Thatcher Demko, Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser, and Elias Pettersson are some of those names and they have contributed to this Vancouver hockey team.

Travis Green is the current head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks current general manager is Jim Benning. Who are some of Vancouver’s top prospects in their farm system?

Vasili Podkolzin

Podklozin was the 10th overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. He is only 19-years-old and is a right-winger with a left-handed shot.

Vasili Podkolzin has the potential to be a top-six winger with the Vancouver Canucks. He has played the last three seasons with the St. Petersburg SKA in the KHL. Podkolzin played in 35 games this past season with them.

He scored five goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus was 6. In eight playoff games, Vasili Podkolzin scored three goals and recorded one assist. His plus/minus was -1.

The Utica Comets of the AHL may be his next stop before reporting to the NHL and playing with the Vancouver Canucks.

Jack Rathbone

Rathbone is a 21-year old left-handed defenseman, who is currently playing in the AHL with the Utica Comets. Jack Rathbone was the 95th overall pick (fourth-round selection) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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He has the potential to be a top-four defenseman and be a playmaker. Rathbone’s two-way defensive game and ability are solid, but his play-making as a puck distributor is what stands out about him by the Vancouver Canucks.

Jack Rathbone played for Harvard University the last two seasons (NCAA, ECAC) before reporting to the AHL. In four AHL games so far this season, he has scored one goal and has recorded four assists. His plus/minus is 4.

Kole Lind

Lind was the 33rd overall pick (second-round selection) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently playing with the Utica Comets in the AHL and has been for the past four years. Kole Lind may be ready to graduate his college version of hockey before heading to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks.

He spent his previous four years before the AHL with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL and those were like his high school days. Kole Lind has the potential to be a very good role player and depth scorer with the Vancouver Canucks.

He is the heartbeat of the Utica Comets. Kole Lind has meant a lot to the AHL team the last four years.

In eight games with Utica so far this season, he has scored five goals and has recorded three assists. His plus/minus is -3.

Kole Lind needs to work on his defensive game a little bit and he may be a potential late-season call-up for the Vancouver Canucks. Lind is also 22-years-old.

Who do you think are some of the top prospects in the Vancouver Canucks farm system? Leave a comment below.

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