The Prospector: Forsling makes Team Sweden roster, Virtanen scores a beautiful goal

The Prospector is a semi-regular feature on Pass it to Bulis where we pan the Canucks prospects pool in search of gold.

This time around, we look at Gustav Forsling, Patrick McNally, Jordan Subban, and Jake Virtanen.

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The Prospector: Virtanen scores in Super Series, Cassels added to Team OHL, Subban is ridiculous

The Prospector is a semi-regular feature on Pass it to Bulis where we pan the Canucks prospects pool in search of gold.

In this edition, we look at Jake Virtanen, Cole Cassels, Jordan Subban, Patrick McNally, Thatcher Demko, and the rest of the Canucks’ college prospects.

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The Prospector: introducing Jeff Costello, catching up with Joacim Eriksson, Joseph LaBate, Patrick McNally

With the NHL finally over officially, it’s time to look to the future. The NHL draft is just a couple weeks away, where every draft-eligible prospect will be endlessly compared to current NHL superstars and past Hall-of-Famers and fans will look for every scouting report they can find to assure themselves that their team’s newest prospects are surefire franchise players.

Before we get too wrapped up in that, however, let’s take a look at some of the players already in the Canucks’ prospect pool who may have slipped under the radar since being acquired or drafted by the team. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Canucks Prospects YouTube account, we have a plethora of highlight videos available. We’ll look at four players today, three of them from the NCAA.

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Patrick McNally kicked off Harvard hockey team for learning nothing from a class about Congress

Patrick McNally was the Canucks first pick in the 2010 draft, taken in the 4th round because Vancouver traded the three prior picks away for — brace yourselves — Keith Ballard, Steve Bernier, and Andrew Alberts.

McNally was a highly-touted prospect but he dropped to the fourth round because most teams were put off by plans to go to yucky ol’ Harvard. A degree from Harvard may impress, but they aren’t known for churning out NHL ready prospects.

The Canucks, on the other hand, love them some college players and snapped him up at 115th overall, fully comfortable with McNally playing for the Crimson and living the life of a Harvard athlete, which includes developing as a player, furthering himself intellectually, and having an idea for a social networking site stolen by a vengeful tech prodigy.

Unfortunately, McNally doesn’t play for the Crimson anymore. The offensive defenceman was one of four students kicked off the team’s 2012-13 roster for what appears to be his involvement in an academic scandal.

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