The Vancouver Canucks dominated the headlines prior to the start of the NHL Draft with the trading of Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks and rumors they were attempting to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the Florida Panthers. The Canucks ended up staying put at No. 6 where they took Jake Virtanen and used the No. 24 pick they acquired from the Ducks to take Jared McCann.
The 6-0, 175-pound center with a left-handed shot played for Sault Ste. Marie, OHL last year where the Stradford, Ont. native scored 27 goals and had 62 points, both were good for second on his Sault Ste. Marie team. He had 44 points in 64 games two seasons ago when he took his game to another level and became a first round prospect.
“Jared is a highly skilled and creative playmaker. He has excellent hands and puckhandling ability. He sees the ice very well and can get the puck through traffic with great saucer passes. He is not a guy who will always bring you out of your seat but is dangerous every shift. An excellent penalty killer who reads the play very well.”
McCann patterns his game Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and wears No. 19 in his honor.