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Top prospect Virtanen signs with Canucks

Jul 25, 2014, 10:46 PM EDT

Jake Virtanen AP

Jake Virtanen took to Twitter on Friday to reveal that he has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

He was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He’s a power forward who models his game after Rick Nash. He finished the 2013-14 campaign with 45 goals, 71 points, and 100 penalty minutes in 71 WHL contests despite suffering a torn labrum midway through the season. He had surgery in May and probably won’t be ready to play until mid-October.

“I don’t want to rush anything,” he said, per “I want to make sure I’m 100-percent healthy and doing the things I have to do to be healthy and get back in the lineup.”

With that in mind, he’ll probably start the season in the juniors.

Vancouver also recently signed their other first-round selection, Jared McCann.

  1. canada2014gold - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    I wouldn’t say this guy is an elite prospect but he’s def a good pick up. Even if he ends up a second liner I would be happy. He plays a Backes type game and he should be a fan favorite with his style.

    • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      WHATEVER …

      and apparently an ant ‘farted’ today in the Brazilian rain forest !


      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Kings fans haven’t been this excitable since before they won their first stanley cup.

  2. hockeyfan117 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    @ Hard to BeLeaf

    To fair to Kings fans, I think you are inflating their numbers significantly with these tumbleweeds!

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