The Vancouver Canucks selected Finnish defender Olli Juolevi fifth overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft. He’s been hyped to be the future of the Canucks’ blue line but the question is, should you believe the hype? He was the highest drafted defenceman in 2016, but so far, he’s been outclassed by some fellow draft-mates.
Looking at the Vancouver Canucks’ plethora of young talent, you can’t help but applaud the work done by general manager Jim Benning and his predecessor, Mike Gillis. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, though — there’s been a fair share of blemishes on draft days. Regardless of mistakes that were made, the Canucks future is
The Vancouver Canucks have a healthy crop of young and upcoming talent in the system and on the blue line, and Olli Juolevi is the frontrunner. The 19-year-old Finn is a dynamic defender that has excelled on numerous stages ranging from the OHL to the SM-Liiga in Finland. Juolevi’s terrific skating ability gives him the
Competition is healthy for any sports club. That’s why Jim Benning brought in veterans during free agency. While some want to see Jordan Subban or Olli Juolevi get their shot with the big club this season, they shouldn’t make their debut before they are ready. Benning addressed the lack of depth by signing free agents