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William Lockwood invited to U.S. World Juniors Preliminary Roster

Another Canucks prospect has been added to a World Junior training camp, as 2016 3rd round pick William Lockwood has been invited by the United States for the 2018 World Juniors in Buffalo:

His addition to the camp isn’t a huge surprise as he was an invite to the summer showcase for the Americans but was unable to participate due to recovery from surgery that occured earlier in the spring. He returned to the University of Michigan lineup this year and has four goals and seven assists in 14 games for the Wolverines.

I do feel that Lockwood has a legitimate chance to make the team as a depth player because of the way he plays. He is a tenacious forechecker who isn’t afraid to take the body. He is able to use his speed to create offence and push defenders back. In a short tournament like the World Juniors, having depth players that can fill specific roles while being able to move up and down your lineup can pay huge dividends.

The U.S. training camp begins December 15th in Columbus and concludes with a pair of exhibition games on December 20th against Belarus and December 22nd against Sweden.

The full schedule can be found here.

With Lockwood and Olli Juolevi (Finland) being named to their respective countries, the Canucks have two prospects that should be there to represent the Canucks. Sweden and Canada are expected to announce their invites tomorrow with Elias Pettersson, Jonah Gadjovich, and Michael DiPietro almost certainly being added to the list of Canucks prospects vying for positions. Kole Lind may also get an invite to Team Canada’s roster, but may not due to just returning from mono.

  • Spiel

    For all the criticism the Canucks scouts have taken, they have had some decent pulls from rounds 3-5 of the draft in the last 5 years:
    2012 – Ben Hutton – 5th round, 147th overall
    2014 – Nikita Tryamkin – 3rd round, 66th overall; Gustav Forsling – 5th round 126th overall
    2015 – Guillaume Brisebois – 3rd round, 66th overall; Adam Gaudette – 5th round, 149th overall
    2016 – William Lockwood – 3rd round, 64th overall
    2017 – Michael Dipietro – 3rd round, 64th overall

    Lockwood is a sleeper of sorts in the Canucks prospect pool right now getting lost in the mix of forwards behind Pettersson, Gaudette, Dahlen, Lind, and Gadjovich. Lockwood seems to project as the new style of bottom six forward – speedy, gritty, with a level of skill and not just size.

    • Drancer the Prancer

      Nobody is criticizing the non-first round drafting of the current regime.

      The 10 year Burke/Nonis era was reasonable too as it produced Chubarov, Ruutu, Bieksa, Edler, Brown, Hansen & Raymond.

      It was the Dead Pick era of the Gillis regime that has only produced Hutton & Connauton at which people rightly criticize.

      Heck, Benning’s first draft alone is going to produce better non-first round talent than all six of Gillis’ drafts combined.

      It’s funny because CA could write an article about how the 2014 draft may very well be the first draft in Canucks history that produces five players to cross the much vaunted 200 NHL game mark.

      And that’s a 7 round draft (it has been as high as 12).

      All the bloggers forget how to do math when it comes to something like that.


      • Spiel

        The scouts stayed pretty much the same between the Gillis and Burke/Nonis eras according to many sources.

        Gillis tried (unsuccessfully) to target some older players in the middle rounds borrowing from the “moneyball” baseball theory of drafting college baseball players as opposed to high schoolers because they are more a known commodity. In the 2013 draft, Gillis changed course a bit a drafted younger players like Cassels and Subban who appeared like they could be good picks, but their development has stalled.

  • Bud Poile

    Six Canucks prospects that are WJC top candidates for their respective countries.
    I can’t remember a time when this club drafted this many top prospects.