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Canucks prospect Jack Rathbone named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week

A slightly forgotten prospect has made a mark on the NCAA early in his collegiate career.

2017 4th round pick Jack Rathbone was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week today:

This performance saw him post one goal and one assist in the Friday night contest against Quinnipiac and then followed that up with a one goal and two assist performance against Providence on Saturday night. Rathbone now has six points (2-4-6) in three NCAA games this season.

Taken in the fourth round in 2017, the left-handed defender returned to US High School hockey last season before finally heading to Harvard this year.

Rathbone started the season on the second pairing before being moved up to the top pairing with Carolina Hurricanes prospect Adam Fox and clearly has made the most of the opportunity. Obviously, we are only a couple of games into his collegiate career but Rathbone has been solid in all three zones displaying his skating and offensively abilities regularly while showing flashes of physical play. His play in his own zone is still an area to work on thus far but he’s held his own thus far.

He likely won’t continue a 2.0 PPG pace for the season but great to see the 19-year-old off to a great start.

  • TheRealPB

    Impressive stuff – Fox has had a couple of NCAA seasons and USNDTP seasons under his belt while Rathbone is mostly high school competition for all the reasons we know about. He looks like he’s got a lot of raw potential and is another one of the high character guys you can let develop in college more slowly.

  • speering major

    Ever since I saw highlights of him last season I was looking forward to seeing him against legit competition. He looked like Brian Leetch against lesser comp. His skating and skill are undeniable. Weather he can do it at higher and higher levels is a big question but he looks impressive

  • Kanuckhotep

    It seems to be a good idea to let kids develop in college and get to the NHL theoretically when they’re slightly older. Didn’t hurt Boeser and Gaudette though not scoring yet does not look out of place. And of course Quintin Hughes is coming not dramatically a long time from now. For a 4th rounder it’s promising that Rathbone is coming out of the gate so well. Nothing wrong with college players.

  • Spiel

    Rathbone’s elite skating ability was evident from his first development camp two summers ago.
    I think he eventually pushes out Stecher on the right side. More offensive upside than Stecher and a better skater.