With their third pick in the 2018 NHL draft, the Canucks have selected forward Tyler Madden from the United States Hockey League. The son of former NHLer John Madden will play for Northeastern University in the NCAA next season.
With the 68th overall pick, the #Canucks select Tyler Madden
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) June 23, 2018
Canucks take dizzying center Tyler Madden. John's kid can fly and cause havoc on forecheck. Not big but an inside player.
— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) June 23, 2018
— CanucksArmy (@CanucksArmy) June 23, 2018
Madden is also an ‘intangibles’ darling – known for his leadership qualities, willingness to do whatever it takes and laying it all out there. He also isn’t afraid to mix it up and get to the front of the net.
Without a doubt, he will need to add strength and weight to be successful in professional hockey. The combine is next week and we will have a better idea of what his measurements are but the public ones generally have him around 155 lbs on his 5’10” frame.
The Deerfield Beach native led the Storm in shots on goal by 23 (141 total shots) and 2nd in points per game behind Sam Hentges (who played 20 games)
Since Madden is committed to Northeastern for next season, there is a reason to believe that he will be given a large role with Huskies. NE has seen their entire top line graduate to the NHL this summer and there will be an opportunity for players like Madden to take over and be given a chance to be leaders.
You can’t teach the speed and intangibles that Madden has and add the fact that a team will retain his rights for four years, Madden appears to be a decent value bet by whoever selects him despite the underlying numbers leaving some question marks.