LATEST | Canucks make an announcement regarding Akito Hirose

Published June 17, 2023 at 8:06 PM

In light of their building blue program, the Canucks highlighted another one of their prospects, perhaps the most NHL-ready player of them all. It was first Jonathan Lekkerimaki, then D-Pettey, Cole McWard, and now Akito Hirose is under the spotlight.

The Canucks signed him out of the NCAA, and he filled big shoes right when he entered the line-up. Identified as a ‘modern-day stay-at-home Defenseman, ' he's proven excellent on both sides of the puck. The 6'00 and 170 pounds defenseman from Calgary took part in 7 NHL games, during which he collected 3 assists.

Chris Higgins, assistant director of the Canucks' player development, narrated the prospect's presentation:

‘'He knows what the standard is. He knows how good the NHL is. That's an invaluable experience for him.''

Hirose is viewed as the potential replacement for Oliver Ekman-Larsson. However, the team will have to get him under contract since he had only signed a deal set to expire on July 1st, 2023.
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LATEST | Canucks make an announcement regarding Akito Hirose

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