|Assets:||Is a natural scorer with soft hands and an excellent skating stride. Also boasts very good size for the wing position in the NHL. Is effective on either side of center.|
|Flaws:||Must alleviate his reputation for taking a few shifts off if he is to become a quality scoring winger at the highest level. So, consistency is his biggest challenge.|
|Career Potential:||Big scoring winger with good upside.|
|9/26/2014||Returned to his junior team (Calgary Hitmen-WHL).|
|7/25/2014||Signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/27/2014||Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1st round (6th overall) in 2014.|
Canucks choose Jake Virtanen at No. 6 | 06/27/2014 7:50 PM
NewsJake Virtanen has been picked by the Vancouver Canucks with the sixth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
ImpactVirtanen is the full package; a massive power forward with explosive speed and a lightening shot. The six-foot, 208 pounder is a decent playmaker with great vision who excels at taking the puck to the net and pounding his opponents with his size and drive. He was a 45-goal scorer this past season with the Calgary Hitmen, notching 71 points in as many games as a WHL sophomore. He plays a style similar to Jarome Iginla, and torments defensemen with his quick acceleration and gifted ability to put the puck in the net. He should end up as a tough, offensive-minded top-six forward in the NHL, but he may be a year or two away from making his way to the big show.
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