Canucks prospect Vilmer Alriksson to play for OHL's Guelph Storm

With Alriksson taking part in in Ontario, the Canucks’ growth workers will get to work extra intently with him than they could if he performed in Sweden.

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The Vancouver Canucks’ large prospect Vilmer Alriksson will play Canadian main junior hockey this season.

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Alriksson, drafted by Vancouver within the fourth spherical eventually month’s NHL Entry Draft, will be part of the OHL’s Guelph Storm.

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Guelph, who chosen Alriksson within the CHL Import Draft earlier this month, confirmed the transfer on Monday.

Alriksson mentioned on the Canucks’ latest growth camp earlier that he had a couple of affords to play in Sweden this season, nevertheless it’s seemingly the Canucks most well-liked he signal on with Guelph.

The OHL is an enormous step up from Sweden’s J20 Nationell league and he’ll get loads of taking part in time there. It’s not going he’d have performed a lot for an Allsvenskan squad, for instance.

There are a pair connections between the Canucks and the Guelph group which may have had an influence within the workforce choosing Alriksson within the first place and guiding the 6-foot-6 prospect to signal with the Storm.

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For starters, Guelph’s proprietor is former Canucks assistant participant/coach/growth coach Scott Walker. (Walker’s son, Cooper, has signed an AHL cope with the Abbotsford Canucks, by the best way.)

Second, Canucks director of newbie scouting Todd Harvey can also be a former coach with Guelph.

Two gamers invited to the Canucks’ growth camp had been additionally Storm gamers — Max Namestnikov and Braeden Bowman — so Alriksson gained’t be strolling right into a dressing room filled with unfamiliar faces.

Regardless of the motive, the Canucks’ growth workers will likely be happy that they’ll have the ability to preserve nearer tabs on him. Mikael Samuelsson has been drawing rave opinions from different Canucks prospects, however he’s a one-man band in Europe and a lot of the Canucks’ growth workers is predicated in North America. Having extra prospects in jap North America will make it simpler for the event workers to get one-on-one conferences with prospects similar to Alriksson.

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Alriksson scored simply 12 targets in J20 motion for Djurgardens this previous season, so he has an extended strategy to go.

Through the Canucks’ growth camp, Alriksson confirmed flashes of the potential that clearly intrigued the Canucks’ scouting workers. When he will get his stride going, he’s a really quick and highly effective skater, and he additionally confirmed off his attain a pair occasions, having the ability to get the puck round defenders in ways in which solely a tall participant can.

However he additionally struggled at occasions with puck dealing with and together with his launch, so a season within the OHL will likely be an enormous check for him. If all goes nicely, he might see an enormous yr of growth.

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