With the pick the Canucks got in exchange for John Tortorella, they selected a player that Torts would likely consider a “whiskey drinker”, taking big power forward Jonah Gadjovich, who piled up the goals and points last year playing with Nick Suzuki on the Owen Sound Attack.
Pick 55 went to Jonah Gadjovich! Can't wait to see you in Vancouver 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/JFprvuEJWx
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) June 24, 2017
Gadjovich is a big left winger, measuring in at 6-foot-2, 209 pounds who chipped in 46 goals this past season, adding 28 assists for 74 points in 60 games. From the HockeyProspect.com Black Book:
Jonah is a big power forward who does a good job driving the net. He has decent hands and a bullet of a shot. He has an excellent release and gets high end power in his shot. He has some playmaking abilities but prefers to shoot much more than passing. He is tough to move in the slot and good at deflecting pucks which has made him even more valuable on the power play. Physically Jonah is a strong forward who finishes hits hard. He isn’t an overly aggressive player but is able to punish opponents on the wall and in the corner. He wins plenty of battles and can over power opponents down low.
There’s a lot to like about this selection. We had him ranked 40th overall, making 55th look like pretty great value. If there are any worries that come with Gadjovich, its his skating, which is decidedly lackluster at this point. Gadjovich also clearly benefited a lot from playing with Nick Suzuki, and didn’t generate nearly as much production away from him. He has shown however that when paired with a playmaking centre, he has the ability to finish, doing so a lot this season. Gadjovich’s primary assist rate at even strength is a little worrisome, but he certainly didn’t have trouble producing at 5-on-5 altogether, scoring 48 points in that situation this year. Gadjovich was a bit of a SEAL darling this year, placing 14th best among first time draft eligible players.