The Vancouver Canucks have selected Swedish defenceman Hugo Gabrielson with the 169th overall pick.
Gabrielson is a left-shot defenceman standing at 6’1 and weighs 172 pounds.
Our resident prospect guru Chris Faber was absolutely ecstatic with the pick for the Canucks:
AMAZING PICK FOR THE CANUCKS AT 169.
Hugo Gabrielson is an excellent pick.
Excellent skating defenceman with offensive and defensive upside.
— 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀 Faber 🔥🎙 (@ChrisFaber39) July 24, 2021
Here’s what Faber wrote about Gabrielson earlier this month:
A smooth-skating Swedish defenceman who was unable to finish his season due to COVID, Hugo Gabrielson is a smart defenceman who looks uber comfortable with the puck around the blue line. He was the sixth highest-scoring defenceman in the J20 Nationell league before it shut down.Gabrielson has great spatial awareness in his own zone and it helps that he is always moving his feet to gain momentum on his edges. His skating sticks out in the HockeyEttan league and he will move up to the Swedish second division next season to show the growth in his game.
We will have plenty of analysis in the coming days on this prospect and all of the other ones the Canucks select today.