Canucks select college-bound dman Mike Williamson in 6th round

Patrick Johnston
June 30 2013 07:59PM

Mike Williamson is said to be big and strong (Spruce Grove Saints/facebook)

From Spruce Grove to Penn State: how you can cover all that territory? By selecting a college-bound defenceman, as the Canucks did with Mike Williamson in the sixth round at the 2013 draft.

A two-year AJHL veteran with the Spruce Grove Saints, 19-year-old Williamson heads to Penn State in September.

It's a pick much more in keeping with the 'draft older guys' philosophy that we've so much of from the Gillis/Gilman regime.

More on the 6'3" defenceman after the jump.

This is an off-the charts pick: the Alberta league is not known for its strength, nor is Penn State 

Central Scouting had him rated as 183 among North American skaters; just doing simple arthimetic should tell you he's a reach, but at this point in the draft, it's time to take a reach.

Half-a-point per game in a soft league...hmm. 

There aren't many details out there on Williamson. The brief release about Williamson from Penn State quotes coach Gus Gadowsky:

"Mike has great feet with a huge shot from the point. He will be a welcomed addition to our blue line."

Williamson did miss a couple months  with a leg injury this past season.

Patrick Johnston is a Vancouver journalist. In addition to regular contributions here at Canucks Army, his work has appeared in The Province, Hockey Now and on the CBC. Check out his blog and other writing at or follow him on twitter: @risingaction
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