Jake Virtanen: 2014 Top Prospect

JAKE VIRTANEN – 

League:  WHL     Team:  Calgary Hitman

Position:  RW     Shoots:  Right

DOB:  Aug.17, 1996     Birthplace:  Abbotsford, BC

Height: 6’1     Weight:  210

2012-13 Stats:  GP:  62   G:  16  A:  18   Pts:  34  PIM:  67   Plus/Minus  +25

Jake Virtanen plays in the WHL for the Calgary Hitmen.

Week 5:  Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s preliminary evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Jake Virtanen. 

Achievements:  Virtanen was the first player selected in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  He was also a member of Team Canada’s Gold Medal winning hockey team at the U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this past summer.

Scouting Buzzwords:  Jake Virtanen is a very good skater that has terrific offensive instincts in a “power forward” package.  He has real good hands, a very good shot and he is not afraid to get dirty in the tough areas of the ice.  

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Prospect Analysis:  Jake Virtanen is an interesting blend of toughness, skill and speed that will probably make him a top 10 prospect.  Jake Virtanen will be a player the scouts will be watching very closely.  He is already 6’1 and 210 lbs and has potential to be that big and skilled power forward that every NHL team covets.  He could be a top pick come draft day.  BUT there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of hockey to be played before then.  I really like Jake Virtanen’s game.

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Mitch Kasprick (427 Posts)

My name is Mitch and like most Canadian kids I was introduced to hockey at a very young age and fell in love with the game. I have played, I have coached, I even scouted in WHL for 15 years. I spend half my time in Winnipeg, MB and the other half in San Tan Valley, AZ. I am a season ticket holder for The Winnipeg Jets and my wife and I attend The Phoenix Coyotes games. I am involved in 3 or 4 fantasy leagues, I enjoy hockey shows on radio or TV, TSN or SportsNet, ESPN or NBC Sports and Fox Sports Arizona. You get the picture, hockey is a big part of my life. Admin/Writer at http://phoenixhockeytalk.com


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