Roberto, come say it with me, His name is Jordan Schroeder “STRAY-Der”, “STRAY-Der”.
That’s right, after last year’s steal of the draft by Canucks with Cody Hodgson at 10th overall, the Canucks were granted another gift in this year’s NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Center in Montreal.
One need to simply look at Canucks GM Mike Gillis’ facial expression before and during the announcement of the pick by Captain Roberto Luongo, to understand how surprised the Canucks were that the talented Minnesota-native was still available at the 22nd pick.
Even in his interview with TSN immediately after the pick, Gillis was genuinely surprised and happy to pick the 2nd best US player of this draft.
In fact, 12 North American Players ranked under Schroeder (ranked 5th) in the Final Central Scouting were drafted much earlier than Jordan:
Nazim Kadri (Ranked 15th) picked at 7th by Maple Leafs
Scott Glennie (Ranked 7th) picked at 8th by Stars
Jared Cowen (Ranked 9th) picked at 9th by Senators
Ryan Ellis (Ranked 16th) picked at 11th by Predators
Calvin De Haan (Ranked 25th) picked at 12th by Islanders
Zack Kassian (Ranked 10th) picked at 13th by Sabres
Dmitry Kulikov (Ranked 11th) picked at 14th by Panthers
Peter Holland (Ranked 19th) picked at 15th by Ducks
Nick Leddy (Ranked 24th) picked at 16th by Wild
Louis Leblanc (Ranked 13th) picked at 18th by Canadiens
Chris Kreider (Ranked 14th) picked at 19th by Rangers
John Moore (Ranked 6th) picked at 21th by Blue Jackets
Of course, many have stated that the reason why Schroeder was passed over for other players is his size. At 5’8″ and 175lbs, Schroeder will become the smallest skater in the entire Canucks system, including all active roster players and prospects. The only other player in the Canucks system smaller than Schroeder is Goaltender Lukas Mensator at 5’8″ 167lbs.
However, as both Bob McKenzie and Pierre Mcguire pointed out, whatever Schroeder lacks in size, he makes up with grit and point-production. Which is the main reason why Jordan was ranked as the top five N-American players and 14th overall in International Scouting. So, maybe he is a Gillis’ type of player afterall.
Having said this, Jordan 19, will most likely go back to Minnesota for another year of two before he is really NHL-ready. But then again, with the Sedins contract still uncertain, maybe we WILL see him on the ice sooner than later. Who knows, he still very young, maybe he still have some room to grow in terms of height and weight?!
Here are some important stats of Jordan Schroeder:
Born: September 29, 1990 in Burnsville, Minnesota
Weight: 175 pounds
Position: Center/Right Wing
Last Team: Golden Gophers of U.Minnesota
Mid-term Central Scouting: 4th among N.Americans
Final Central Scouting: 5th among N.Americans
International Scouting Services: 14th Overall
The Hockey News: 9th Overall
Red Line Report: 11th Overall
TSN: 15th Overall
McKeen’s Hockey: 13th Overall
Jack Barzee, NHL Central Scouting
“He’s a dynamic player, a leader and a type of player that has developed into a complete offensive and defensive threat every time he is on the ice. He has a rocket of a wrist shot and he can beat you by putting the puck in the net, going around a defender, or freezing the goaltender and passing it off to one of his wingers. The concern is going to be his overall size, like there was with Scott Gomez, with Brian Gionta and with Patrick Kane, but at the same age he is probably a little thicker and a little bit more compact than they were. He’s a great hockey player.”
Kyle Woodlief, Red Line Report
“Schroeder is a very imaginative playmaker who may be small in stature, but is a mature, take-charge guy who runs the PP and distributes the puck beautifully. Can also wire a sneaky snap shot that he should use more often. He’s very advanced and should be in the NHL in a year after dominating college hockey as a freshman and being the best performer on the U.S. World Junior squad.”
The Hockey News
“Schroeder is an offensive machine. He’s short and stocky, but his size doesn’t affect him as it would other players because he has such a strong core.”
International Scouting Services
“Jordan is a very dynamic player with high-level skills. An agile and speedy playmaker, Schroeder’s perimeter quickness gets opponents defenses into a panic. His game changing scoring abilities put him in the top ten of the talent pool in this year’s draft class.”
So Schroeder has an average ranking of 12th overall across the five most prominent scouting services, which is extremely good for a 22nd pick. It seems like the luck is changing for the Canucks with Gillis as our GM.
With the Entry Draft now over, let’s focus on signing our UFAs, and let’s hope that our ties with Minnesota, in terms of News doesn’t just end with Schroeder for the coming weeks.
So have you checked out your house yet, Marian?