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Canucks prospect Jett Woo traded in the WHL

Yesterday, the WHL bantam draft occurred and it’s usually something to closely follow simply because of the names of the players that get drafted.

But this year featured quite a few trades and one of which had some particular interest to Canucks fan as 2017 2nd round pick Jett Woo was moved to the Calgary Hitmen

Moose Jaw made the move to accumulate more assets with Josh Brook and Justin Almeida both not returning next season. This meant that the Warriors were almost certainly about to enter a rebuilding phase and Woo was their most valuable asset to kick start that plan.

It was fairly common belief that Woo would be on the move at some point this season for the reasons outlined above but the Warriors management clearly preferred to acquire an early first round pick for this season (11th overall) and other players that could help them much sooner rather than waiting for the season to start and then trade Woo for futures.

The timing of the deal unfortunately meant that although it was reported that the Vancouver Giants were interested in acquiring him, they couldn’t make it happen

The right handed defender will either play in the WHL or NHL next season as he is bound by the NHL/CHL agreement.

Unless he makes the Canucks, which is highly unlikely, Woo will head to the Hitmen with hopes of getting them further in the WHL playoffs after they were swept in the second round by the Edmonton Oil Kings. He and Egor Zamula should be the heavy lifters for the Hitmen on the back-end and it should allow Woo to take another step forward in his development.

Woo had sixty-six points (12-54-66) in sixty-two games with the Warriors this past season.

    • DJ_44

      Stifled by the Comets? Like Juolevi, Sautner, Briesbois, Chatfield, McEneny?

      Oh, you must be referring to the twice pass over in the draft, sixth round, 5′-6″, fifth on the LW depth chart kid that played terrible in Utica and was sent back to Finland?

      Or the the other kid that was given top 6 minutes, was on PP1, struggled with the AHL pace, but thought he was ready for the NHL now and requested a trade?

      • Goon

        When four guys who will likely never be more than replacement-level in the NHL, and a guy who played 18 games are your examples of success, there’s a problem.

        • crofton

          Stupid me, I guess. Here I thought as well as the players DJ mentioned, that McEwen and Gaudette were also supposed to be not stifled, and looking like success stories. And of course I don’t remember the likelihood of players EVER playing 200 games in the NHL. They were all apparently stifled in the AHL, not just Utica.

    • I recall there was a complaint about Virtanen’s deployment and linemates in his post-draft year with the Hitmen which is why the Canucks kept him in the NHL rather than sending him back to Calgary (where he was used as a bottom-6 forward). Didn’t read too much about it (HFBoards would probably have more) but that made me wonder about the Hitmen as a development environment.

  • Rodeobill

    This comment has nothing to do with this article.

    This comment is about the stories we tell ourselves, and Luke Schenn,

    My dad is a fishermen in BC. He is smaller and shorter than I am, and most guys for that matter. He has forearms like popeye though, and he could always beat me in an armwrestle, even into his late 50s. I could never beat him. I was bigger, stronger, younger. Still, couldn’t beat him. My younger brother though, is bigger and stronger than me, and to this day he can’t beat me.

    The stories we tell ourselves.
    Imagine, you are the older brother in a hockey family. A team made trades to draft you high. Expectation were high, and you were the first person you knew to live this experience. You didn’t live up to everyone else’s expectations, and began to see yourself as a bust. your brother progresses apart from the same expectations and develops into an integral part of another teams plan, a success. After a while, after much public moaning and groaning, you are sent to the minors to finish your career in relative shame to the expectation placed upon you. You see your brother doing well and are happy, you also know that you could always beat your brother in an armwrestle, and suddenly, from a new start on another team without any expectation or burden of public past hopes, you know you can live up to what you CAN be, not the person others wanted, but free from spending your days constantly engaging the part of you feeling the lack or “not good enough” that the rest of the market’s disappointment puts on you, but just focusing on becoming the best possible you that can be for here and now with a young team that needs what you can bring and doesn’t care about what you ‘”should have been” ten years ago. If your little brother can make that difference, there is no doubt that you can too.

    Why can I always beat my little brother in an arm Wrestle?
    Because he’s my little brother. It’s the same reason why my dad could always beat me.
    Luke Schenn “could” have this story on our team, and time will tell, I don’t know, but I do know that the stories we tell ourselves DO have a huge impact on how we engage in the real world and the outcomes thereafter.