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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT RANKINGS: #16 Ryan Merkley

Once considered a virtual lock to be the first defenceman selected after Rasmus Dahlin in the 2018 Draft, Ryan Merkley has plummeted down draft boards in the latter half of the season; so much so that many publications have him ranked outside the first or even the second round. At first glance, he seems like…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #17 Barrett Hayton

The list of better two-way centres than Barret Hayton in this year’s draft is a short one. Our consensus rankings at CanucksArmy reflect that, with Hayton checking in as the 17th ranked prospect in this year’s draft. Playing on a stacked team in one’s first year of draft eligibility can prove a double-edged sword. On the…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #18 Rasmus Kupari

Rasmus Kupari had a strong performance at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament that saw him post seven points in four games for the Finns. It created some hype around him as a prospect entering his draft season but four of those points came against the Slovaks. He entered the year as a consensus top 10…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #19 Ryan McLeod

Landing in the 19th spot of the 2018 draft class is playmaking centre, Ryan McLeod. At the junior level, McLeod has shown signs of being an effective two-way player that keeps is play tidy in the defensive zone while being a creative play-maker on the attack. He does feel like a player that hasn’t reached…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #20 Jonatan Berggren

Jonatan Berggren is one of the players that saw their stock rise considerably to close out the season. Many saying that they saw his skill earlier in the year and it was just a matter of time before his notoriety met that talent. Berggren tore up the SuperElit in Sweden and got a cup of…

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Should the Canucks Be Worried About Evan Bouchard’s Skating?

Evan Bouchard has one of the most impressive statistical profiles of any 2018 draft-eligible defencemen not named Rasmus Dahlin. Bouchard outpaced all OHL defencemen — regardless of age — when it came to points(87), assists(62), shots(297), and primary points per game(0.9). Narrow down the criteria to sort by U19 defencemen historically and Bouchard’s production looks…