After using their first-round pick on Jonathan Lekkerimäki and their third-round pick on Elias Pettersson — yes you read that right — the Vancouver Canucks selected Daimon Gardner with their fourth-round pick at 112th overall and WHL goaltender Ty Young in round five.
Gardner, a 6’4 centre from Ontario, is expected to play with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL next season, meaning that Canucks fans all over the province will get a chance to watch him play next season.
Elite Prospects had Gardner ranked at 54 on their list.
Here’s what Daniel Gee had to say about Gardner in the Elite Prospects Draft Guide:
The 6-foot-4, 201 pound centre, was an overwhelming attacker at the high school level, so dominant that he scored 45 goals and 83 points across only 30 games played with Warroad. That same dominance failed to reveal itself on the scoresheet across his play in the USHL, where his minutes never really reflected his overall impact.Always inside-focused, Gardner’s sense prevails across his shifts. He drives middle lanes, exploits his frame advantages to protect against defenders, and has handling, shooting, and passing skills that all blend into a relatively sophisticated offensive package.He is frankly a monster on the walls, pinning and pressuring Lincoln defenders into scramble breakouts…. Off-puck, Gardner is a constant rotator, who jumps in willingly to help win battles or bully net front defenders to create screens. Gardner is talented in transition. Whether he is holding the puck in his hip-pocket to set up triangle-focused dekes or working from the outside-in to power on net, he always is working to create mismatches with opposing defenders.Possessing a clear second gear through his crossover integration to create separation when he carries the puck. He can even shoot in motion, and possesses significant power through his frame, balanced torso, and wicked wrist-roll release. Despite Gardner’s success in high school and short, but encouraging USHL stint, he’s a long-term projection. That’s he’s going to the BCHL next season speaks to that. But the pay-off could be significant: a skilled, intelligent third line centre who brings a bit of impact to all three zones.
Admittedly as the goalie guy at CanucksArmy, Ty Young was not on my radar.
The 17-year-old Coaldale, Alberta native put up a .918 save percentage through 17 games played with the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL last season before going to the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, who he appeared in 23 games for.
In those 23 games with the Cougars, Young put up an .899 save percentage and 3.50 goals against average.
We’ll dive into the tape and get more info on the 6’3 goaltender’s game soon.
At 176th overall, the Canucks selected 6’2 left-shot defenceman Jackson Dorrington.
Dorrington is committed to Northeastern University and will join current Canucks prospect Aidan McDonough in the NCAA next season.
Dorrington tallied three assists and eight assists through 41 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL last season.
Dorrington is known as hard to play against and possesses solid skating ability.
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