Canukus Prospectus Tracker: Klimovich breaks, Zlodeev cuts

This is a short version of Weekly Tracker, where we summarize Vancouver Canucks’ high-profile prospect efforts:

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Daniela Klimovich

A breakthrough was inevitable in the way he played.

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Top prospect Daniela Klimovich broke a two-month goal drought with the Abbotsford Canucks on Wednesday and added a boost to her first two-point AHL game with a 4-0 win over San Diego.

The right-shot forward, whose playmaking ability turned heads late, caught the eagles late in the first period. The 18-year-old Klimovich hovered around a defender on the blue-line, using his 6-foot-1, 203-pound frame to defend the puck against the other, then fired a hot shot that the goalkeeper could not control. Sheldon Dries pounded the rebound for his 13th goal of the season, making the score 2-0.

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Then early in the second half, the 18-year-old Belarusian showed a deadly shot that persuaded Canucks to move up to 41st overall in the July draft. Klimovich, the youngest player in the AHL at the moment, capitalized on a turnover in the slot and quickly hit a wrist shot past Gaul Golkir to make the score 3-0.

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He must have hit a nerve, as Klimovich sidestepped another defender in the middle of the third period and took a stray elbow towards his face. He fell on the ice for a moment but was reported to be feeling better after the game.

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Klimovich has earned second star honors in his best game with the Canucks so far. He had four shots on the net and a plus-1 rating.

“Daniela O-Zone took some strong steps on the Blue Line and played some good shifts with her line in the offensive zone,” head coach Trent Cool said after the game.

The Pinsk product wasn’t as effective as the Henderson split over the Silver Knights over the weekend, but others became part of an Abbotsford team that gave ice to five defenders – some not exactly family names – due to Vancouver’s list uncertainty, as well as key probability injuries. Jack Rathbone And Jet U. .

Forward Will Lockwood (2016, Rd. 3) Overtime winner scored in Saturday’s 3-2 win and was named the game’s first star. Lockwood, a fast two-way forward whose motor never stops, passes quickly into the slot and then goes into the net to move the game to the rebound.

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The 23-year-old looks like a shoe-in in the lower six of Vancouver, demonstrating the speed, perseverance and instinct required to play the new rule-imposed high-tempo style.

Lockwood has five goals, four assists and a plus-3 rating in 15 games this season. Klimovich has three goals, five assists and a minus-1 rating in 18 games.

The Abbotsford Canucks have a 10-9-2-1 record and are fourth in the Pacific Division.


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Dmitry Jalodeyev

And then there was one.

Dmitry Zlodeyev is the only and only Canucks prospect to play in the upcoming World Junior Tournament, the 19-year-old who made the list in Russia on Tuesday.

Zlodeen, who reached the sixth round in 2020, a great double-forward who has worked up to KHL this season, skated for two games with Spartak Moscow before joining the World Junior Camp.

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Meanwhile, the defenseman said Jacob Truscott, 19 , After being in the last group of the camp, USA was not selected to play for the team. Truscott (2020, Rd. 5) spent a good sophomore season with No. 3 Michigan, scoring one goal and assisting seven others in 19 games while being among the plus-minus NCAA leaders with a plus-16 rating.

Another defensive possibility, Johnny Jurmo (2020, Rd. 3), was surprisingly dropped from Finland’s list a few weeks ago. The mobile 6-foot-4, 198-pound D-Man is set to make its versatile game in the top-flight Finnish league, returning from a winter break on Monday.

And last but not least, Belarus came out on top this weekend in the IIHF U20 Division 1 tournament, entering next year’s World Junior Tournament. This means that if Canucks agrees, Klimovich can take part in the 2023 tournament in Russia.

The 2022 World Juniors Boxing Day kicks off in Red Deer and Edmonton.

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