Canucks pick up five new players at the 2020 NHL Draft

Oct 8 2020, 12:24 am

Without a pick in the first two rounds, the 2020 NHL Draft took a while to get going for the Vancouver Canucks.

GM Jim Benning had to wait until the third round to make his first pick, adding three defencemen, one winger, and one centre on Wednesday. The draft was held virtually for the first time ever, with Canucks management setting up a “war room” in Vancouver.

Without a director of amateur scouting since Judd Brackett left for the Minnesota Wild, Todd Harvey was left to run the scouting staff for the Canucks.

Here’s a look at who they added to their prospect pool.

Joni Jurmo (3rd round, 82nd overall)

Country: Finland
Position: Left defence
Size: 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

The Canucks used their first pick of the draft to add Joni Jurmo, a 6-foot-4 defenceman who can skate and move the puck. Jurmo was the 20th-ranked European skater according to NHL Central Scouting, and the seventh-ranked European defenceman.

Elite Prospects’ scouting report describes Jurmo as a smooth skater and “one of the best puck-rushers in the Finnish U20 league” last season. Jurmo has made the move to pro hockey this season, playing in the Liiga in Finland. He had 28 points in 43 games last season with Jokerit’s U20 team.

Jackson Kunz (4th round, 113th overall)

Country: USA
Position: Left wing
Size: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

American winger Jackson Kunz split last season playing high school prep hockey with Shattuck St. Mary’s, scoring 69 points in 45 games, and the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL where he scored one point in five games.

Kunz has size, but skating is a weakness for him, according to Elite Prospects Director of Film Scouting Cam Robinson.

A native of Grand Forks, Kunz is committed to the University of North Dakota.

Jacob Truscott (5th round, 144th overall)

Country: USA
Position: Left defence
Size: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

The Canucks added a second defenceman in the fifth round, snagging Michigan-born blueliner Jacob Truscott from the US National Team Development Program.

Truscott scored 21 points in 47 games with the USA’s U18 team, and added 11 points in 19 USHL games. Committed to playing NCAA hockey with the University of Michigan, Truscott is a “technically skilled passer who can thread the needle in all three zones,” according to Elite Prospects’ scouting report.

Dmitry Zlodeyev (6th round, 175th overall)

Country: Russia
Position: Centre
Size: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Vancouver looked to Russia for their sixth-round selection, snagging centre Dmitry Zlodeyev 175th overall. Zlodeyev had 28 points in 42 MHL games and is splitting time between the MHL (5 points in 7 games) and VHL (3 points in 5 games) this season.

Jokke Nevalainen of Dobber Prospects describes Zlodeyev as a “responsible 200-foot player with solid playmaking and shooting ability.”

Viktor Persson (7th round, 191st overall)

Country: Sweden
Position: Right defence
Size: 6-foot-2, 192 pounds

The Canucks used their last pick on Swedish defenceman Viktor Persson, who will join the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL for the upcoming season.

An offensive defenceman, Persson had 18 points in 26 games with Brynas’ U20 team last season.

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