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With the selection they acquired in the Eddie Lack trade this morning, the Canucks selected D Guillaume Brisebois with their second pick of the 2015 entry draft.
Brisebois was a bit off of our radars playing on one of the CHL’s worst teams, but could have NHL potential. Let’s take a look after the jump.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) June 27, 2015
Brisebois was rated in the mid-40s to 50s range by most scouting outlets, with his defensive acumen being listed as his best trait. ESPN scout Corey Pronman wrote the following about Brisebois in his top-100 profiles, raking him 67th:
Brisebois was the fifth overall pick in his QMJHL draft, and while he hasn’t put up a ton of points, he brings significant defensive value to the table. Brisebois’ hockey IQ is his best trait. His stick positioning, gap control and anticipation help him make stops, and he’s a great penalty killer. Brisebois outlets the puck pretty well, and has about average power-play skills. His hands aren’t that great, but his vision helps him make plays.
Brisebois is extremely young for his draft year, which is a positive in terms of comparing him to the other players available on the board. He also played at the CHL Top Prospects game this past year, and played on Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and the World U-18 Championships.
His PCS comparables have became NHL players roughly 11% of the time with Adam Foote, Al MacInnis, Marc Bergevin, Steve Staios, Bob Rouse, Eric Desjardins, Ed Jovanovski, and Lyle Odelein being the most successful. There are a ton of busts in that range though, and statistically, Brisebois isn`t a great pick, especially with guys like Ryan Pilon and Mitchell Vande Sompel still on the board.
Brisebois` counting numbers may have been hurt by playing on an abysmal Acadie-Bathurst Titans team (he was the captain and a team-low -40 this past year), but we can`t say for sure. We`ll have to do more research on Brisebois in the coming days to have a more complete picture of what the Canucks have in their newest prospect.
Vancouver picks next at 114th overall.
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