Jake Virtanen - Photo Courtesy of the CalgaryHerald.com

 

Jake Virtanen, RW/C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 209

Born: 1996-08-17

Hometown: New Westminister, BC, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Vancouver Canucks, 6th overall

 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2014 – Virtanen returned to play in late October and has produced at over a point-per-game pace since. The most recent first round pick of the Canucks has 19 points (seven goals and 12 points) in 18 games (plus-4). Solid play considering his very lengthy absence from real game action when he was injured last spring. As Virtanen continues to heal and get stronger, expect him to start scoring goals at a higher pac and have a monster second half. Virtanen was named to Team Canada's Selection Camp roster and will be vying for a spot on Canada's World Junior team.  Mike Barrett

 

October 2014 - Jake Virtanen was recently named to Team WHL for the upcoming Subway Super Series tournament vs Russia. While he has not even played yet this year, this obviously exemplifies how highly regarded a player he is. With that being said, it is looking like he will make his season debut Friday, October 24th. Expect him to take a few weeks to get back into things as he had a major injury (torn labrum), and hit his stride just in time to compete for a spot on the Canadian World Junior squad. Mike Barrett

 

 

September 2014 - While Virtanen did get an invite to Team Canada`s summer evaluation camp, he was unable to show coaches the ability that made the Canucks select him with the sixth overall pick in this spring`s draft. Nursing a shoulder injury since May, the 45-goal scorer from Abbotsford, BC often skated alone on the other side of the ice while his peers practiced. While he may not have been able to participate as he had hoped, his dedication and work ethic do not go unnoticed. Expect Virtanen to take another step forward in his development once he fully recovers from this setback and top his point-per-game pace (71-45-26-71, 100 PIMS) in 2014-15. Mike Barrett

 

June 2014 – The Vancouver Canucks selected Jake Virtanen 6th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 – The versatile Virtanen is a highly competitive, three-zone winger and his in-your-face approach to the game makes defending him extremely frustrating. Derived from a strong technical stride, Virtanen gets around the rink well and while he’s not a dazzling puck handler, his puck skills are certainly a strength of his game. With Virtanen’s size, compete level and tenacious attack, Virtanen won’t wait too long at the 2014 NHL Draft to hear his name called.. Brendan Ross

 

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Virtanen’s hard working style of game will translate nicely to the NHL and he’s a candidate to arrive earlier if the team who drafts him feels they need a player of his ilk in their lineup. His upside is modest but he does project as a solid top six winger.

 

 

 

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