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’14 Draft prospect Virtanen (shoulder) out 4-6 months

May 22, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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WHL Calgary forward Jake Virtanen, the sixth-ranked prospect for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, will miss the next four to six months after undergoing shoulder surgery, per TSN.

A 6-foot, 208-pounder winger that scored 45 goals for the Hitmen this season, Virtanen jumped from No. 9 in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings to No. 6 for his final rank, ahead of fellow wingers Nicholas Ritchie (No. 7, OHL Peterborough) and Brendan Perlini (No. 8, OHL Niagara).

“He’s got a complete, all-around pro game right now,” said Central Scouting’s Peter Sullivan. “He’s tough to play against, makes things happen on the ice. When you’re out there with him, better have your head up because he could put you through the wall.

“He’s got that package of high-end skill that doesn’t come along too often; he’s like a Jarome Iginla type of player who can do everything.”

Virtanen also impressed at April’s U18 Worlds, helping Canada capture bronze by scoring a team-high six points in seven games.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will go on Friday, June 27 from Wells Fargo in Philadelphia. Florida holds the first overall pick, followed by Buffalo, Edmonton, Calgary and the New York Islanders to round out the top five.

  1. luz56 - May 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Brendal… Beech…. Plante….Krahn… Before you go and compare Jake to Iginla wait 5 years… Nobody expected Getzlaf to star like he has…

  2. jkaflagg - May 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Assuming he recovers from the injury, could turn out to be a break for him; if the perennially weak teams at the top of the draft are leery because of the injury, he could drop to a playoff team that will more likely do a better job of helping him develop rather than rushing him…..

  3. 311sucks - May 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    i really hope this depletes his value a little bit because i’d like the preds to take him. they haven’t had a sniper like forward since sergei kostitsyn but he and his brother had the reputation of being bums (exactly why the kostitsyn era is over in nashville). with a more offensive situation in the coaching staff i’d like to see this team take a stab at virtanen.

  4. canada2014gold - May 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I heard Ritchie has a troubled shoulder too.6-9th is getting more wide open.

  5. pfhockey - May 23, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Maybe he could mold himself into a Corey Perry type player. It’d be neat if the Ducks draft him.

  6. bullwinkle88 - May 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    This surgery won’t matter one bit. He’s not projected to join the NHL next season anyway, so his healing time will be just fine with whomever takes him.

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