LATEST | The reason for the 2014 Jake Virtanen pick revealed

Published November 10, 2023 at 3:02 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks selected Jake Virtanen 6th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft. The BC Native was a talented forward with a gritty play style.

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Virtanen struggled to adjust to the NHL level. He played parts of six NHL seasons, tallying 100 points in 317 games. Despite Virtanen put up solid numbers but faced off-ice issues that derailed his NHL career. The 27-year-old currently plays in the DEL for the Bremerhaven Penguins.

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This is obviously not an ideal scenario for the Canucks 6th overall pick, especially when the Canucks could have had William Nylander, Nikolaj Ehlers, Dylan larkin etc.

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Elliotte Friedman says "...legend has it there was chaos at the Vancouver table in the [2014] draft...the list was not followed... and as a result they didn't have the best possible draft...»


The Canucks did draft Thatcher Demko with their second round pick, so the draft was useful in the end but it is a big "what if" scenario for the Canucks if they had made a different pick.
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