With their second pick in the 2018 NHL draft, the Vancouver Canucks selected righty defenceman Jett Woo from the Moose Jaw Warriors. Woo joins Quinn Hughes, Vancouver’s first-round pick yesterday, as another interesting addition to the Canucks’ pipeline of blueliners.
#Canucks select Jett Woo with the 37th overall selection
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) June 23, 2018
— The WHL (@TheWHL) June 23, 2018
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) June 23, 2018
Managing expectations can be tough and can sometimes create an unrealistic outlook for a player. Those expectations were exasperated by Woo’s strong start to the season that saw him post close to a point per game pace. He suffered a shoulder injury that saw him miss a month of action and upon his return, he was asked to play a different role.
It’s also worth noting that the shoulder injury plagued him throughout the remainder of the year and required some rehab time after the season was done.
There are some flags to his overall picture but it’s also fair to think that he has enough to his game. He likely won’t be a dominant offensive defender but his three-zone game is good enough that he can fill any role that is given to him. He’s just a solid defender who could surprise people next season after being selected a little later than expected at the beginning of the year.