Canucks Select D Jack Rathbone 95th Overall

With their 95th overall selection, the Canucks went a little off the board and grabbed Jack Rathbone, a defencemen playing prep hockey for the Cape Cod Whalers in Massachusetts.

Rathbone was ranked in a variety of spots, including 78th by Bob McKenzie, 80th by Future Considerations, 105th by McKeen’s Hockey, and 128th by HockeyProspects.com. The HockeyProspect Black Book says this about Rathbone:

Rathbone stands under the 6-foot mark although moves well on his skates with acceleration, lateral movement, pivots, and agility. He handles the puck well showing poise and will outlet the puck up the ice with good decisions. Rathbone has the ability to escape pressure very well. He shows good offensive awareness as he will rush pucks or jump in the play. His shot is adequate and he will find shooting lanes with his mobility from the blue line. Rathbone has good potential to grow his game and is set to enter Harvard for the 2018-19 season.

After selecting three forwards and a goalie with their first four selections, the Canucks were clearly looking to go for a defencemen. They talked a lot about looking for a power play quarterback, and evidently didn’t like what they saw early on. Rathbone, while not a high end power play guy, is still built in the offensive mold. Based on the scouting reports that we have, he seems to have a similar profile to Troy Stecher – a little undersized, but overcomes it with good skating and excellent decision making.

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Rathbone is committed to Harvard for the 2018-19 season. In the interim, he will probably head to the USHL for the 2017-18 season. His rights there are held by the Youngstown Phantoms. Alternatively, he was also drafted by the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, but he won’t be able to play there without losing his NCAA eligibility.

We don’t have much of any statistical data to go on for Rathbone at this point, other than the 12 goals and 30 points he had in 37 high school games, and the single assist he produced in four USHL games. Both have sample size issues (and high school has such a high volatility) that it’s difficult to read much into that at this point. Based on what we’ve gleaned from other sources, this is a relatively good looking selection at this point, and we’ll keep a close eye on him in the future as he advances to better leagues with higher levels of competition.

    • Leigh McBain - love hockey

      I agree, he does seem to like to go off-roading, it would just be nice if they weren’t all undersize experiments. While I don’t hold that against the player, as there are many examples of VG smaller players, I don’t like seeing an abundance of them either. For every Theo Fleury there is a lot more Jordan Schroeders.

      • Bud Poile

        Jack is Brackett’s pick.
        5’10.5″ 172 lbs. 17 years old one month ago.
        3. Top underrated prospect

        Defenseman Jack Rathbone, No. 57 on Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters, had 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 22 games serving as captain at Dexter School in Massachusetts. The left-handed defenseman, who jumped 21 spots from No. 78 on Central Scouting’s midterm ranking, will attend Harvard University in 2018-19. Rathbone, who has 18 team interviews at the combine this week, also had one assist and was plus-1 in four games for Youngstown of the United States Hockey League last season. He’s a dynamic skater who moves the puck quickly and possesses a good shot, according to David Gregory of Central Scouting.

          • Bud Poile

            USHL development program synopsis:
            Jack Rathbone, Royal #5, Left Shot, 5’10″/177, West Roxbury, Mass., Dexter School (Harvard) -€” His skating and ability to join the offense are top notch. His offensive ability from the blue line is going to be his calling card. He’s smooth and has good foot speed. He can get shots off from the point. He makes excellent breakout passes and has the vision to hit long home run passes to forwards who are getting separation in the neutral zone.

        • Bud Poile

          Going to be the same size as R.G.Orr:
          Shorter and thinner than most of his peers, the blonde, young blue-eyed Orr dazzled the coaches of Parry Sound’s bantam league team with his skill, speed, and tenacity, rather than brute strength (even in his prime years in the NHL Orr was a solid but unprepossessing 5 feet, 11 inches, and weighed 175 pounds).
          Read more at http://biography.yourdictionary.com/bobby-orr#HXqWP5DDZtXJqSSh.99

  • Jamie E

    Hockey aside. This great is already a tremendous human being. The love and concern he has for his eight year old autistic brother is inspiring. I have a good feeling about him. He has skill, smarts, and leadership.