The Vancouver Canucks with their 5th pick of the 2016 NHL draft, chose Olli Juolevi of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
• In 2015-16, Juolevi finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defensemen with 9-33—42 in 57 games for the London Knights, earning OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honors.
• In the playoffs, Juolevi registered 3-11—14 in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL championship. He added 0-7—7 in four games at the 2016 Memorial Cup – where he was named to the tournament All-Star Team – to help the undefeated Knights capture the title for the second time in franchise history.
• Juolevi was a key member of Finland’s gold medal-winning team at the 2016 World Junior Championship where he led all defensemen with nine assists (0-9—9 in 7 GP) and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.
• During 2014-15, Juolevi stocked his trophy case while playing with Jokerit’s junior squad (6-26—32 in 44 GP), where he was named the league’s Best Defenseman, Rookie of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team.
• Juolevi compares his style of play to Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes. His favorite NHL player is Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber.
Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr:
“Juolevi is a smart, smooth skating, puck moving defenseman with excellent poise and composure. He displays elite hockey sense and instincts with and without the puck and plays in every situation.”
The 2016 NHL draft started according to plan with the Toronto Maple Leaf’s picking Auston Mathews, with the top pick; and the Winnipeg Jets choosing Patrik Laine, with the second overall pick.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had the third overall pick and pulled off the first surprise by choosing Pierre Luc-Debois.
The fourth pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, was set now to be anybody’s guess, as the the Edmonton Oilers, had a chance to choose the projected number three pick coming into the draft, Jesse Puljujarvi. And they did not disappoint, as they did do just that.
Source: NHL.com, http://canucks.nhl.com