winger Danil Klimovich becomes second-round draft pick – .

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winger Danil Klimovich becomes second-round draft pick – .


The 6-foot, 202-pound right winger, who also plays center, was the Canucks’ first pick in Saturday’s draft at No. 41.

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And whether that’s what versatile forward Danila Klimovich was accomplishing for Belarus ahead of a string of scouts at the 2021 U18 World Championship in Frisco, Texas in the spring – or what video revealed on multiple levels – he’s got more. that piqued the curiosity of the Vancouver Canucks.

When COVID-19 hit, his plan to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was scuttled. No problem. He stayed home, presented and then impressed the world.

The 6-foot, 202-pound right winger, who also plays center, was the Canucks’ first pick in Saturday’s draft at No. 41. His No. 1 attribute is a dangerous game that has been effective at home in the best of his country. junior loop and on the world stage. Klimovich had 52 points (28-24) in 37 games last season, but he netted his draft ticket by scoring six goals in five U18 games, including a hat trick.

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The book on Klimovich is efficiency. Dangerous in all areas of the ice, whether at distance or at the net, his creativity lets his opponents guess. But it is also raw. Very raw.

A willingness to attempt highlighted goals – and actually execute them, whether that’s between his legs or baiting opponents with false shots and even using windmill stick work – is tempered by turnovers. that they can create and the fact that its exuberance will have to be implemented to eventually play a game more suited to the pro level. It’s hard to convince a kid who is successful in a junior league that he should be more responsible.

However, in the Under-18 event, his offensive explosion eclipsed matches in which he played an individual game and it cost him against better competition. It’s hard to break the will, but the blow to his declining game structure will go away with the right direction and the right instructions, if he plays in the Canadian Hockey League this fall. His size is a big plus to get past his opponents and stick around the net and he can staple players to the boards.

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“Scouts are all about hammering the table for the players they love,” said Brad Allen of HockeyProspects.com. “I hit the table, knocked the table over, heck I threw the table from the tallest building. The toast of the table.

The Boy Scouts also note that Klimovich is not great at his decision making, but is good at tight spaces, which adds to his development cap. He could eventually become a second line player and one of the Canucks’ top scorers, or he could ignite. This is the chance you take with a raw but scheming player.

The Canucks had their sights set on a number of defensemen in the second round, but when five made it to the first eight selections and included tall right-back Scott Morrow, it was worth shooting Klimovich.

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The Canucks haven’t lost their third or fourth round picks in previous trade, but have had two picks in the fifth and sixth rounds and one in the seventh.

Vancouver was going to sign a goalie and took on Finnish stopper Aku Koskenvuo with his first of two fifth-round picks. He had an inflated 4.23 goals-against average and 0.874 save percentage at the under-18 world championships. He’s headed to Harvard University in the fall. The Canucks then selected Swedish defenseman Jonathan Myrenberg, a 6-2, 190-pound right-handed defenseman.

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