The Vancouver Canucks have selected Brock Boeser of Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL with the 23rd overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Lauded for his 200-foot play and his all-around game, this Minnesota native plays a smart, simple game with flashes of creativity in the offensive end. He has been criticized for lacking an elite element to his game, but you can’t argue with his results. He scored over a point-per-game for Waterloo this past season, leading the team in scoring by a country mile and finishing third in the entire league behind Youngstown’s Kyle Connor and Sioux City’s Adam Johnson. He’s committed to the University of North Dakota for next season, so the Canucks will have time to watch him further develop before testing him out at the professional level.
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After shipping out their second and third round selections – to Calgary for Sven Baertschi and to Anaheim in the Ryan Kesler deal – the Canucks still have four picks left in this year’s draft. They are back at the podium in the fourth round, and also hold two fifth round picks (their own and the Rangers’) and a sixth round pick.
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