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Could Dobson be a target for the Canucks?

Noah Dobson is one of the draft’s biggest risers, and he should be available in the spot there the Canucks are most likely to pick.

Noah Dobson could be the most complete defenceman in the draft aside from Rasmus Dahlin. (Twitter/@_ND53)
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With the Vancouver Canucks out of the playoffs and looking towards the NHL Entry Draft, it’s time to start looking at potential draft targets. It’s no secret that the Canucks are in dire need of a defenseman, and there are plenty of blueliners for them to look at in the upcoming draft. Rasmus Dahlin is the apple of everyone’s eye, but who should the Canucks grab if they don’t luck out with the number one pick?

There are two dynamic offensive defencemen near the top of the board after Dahlin, but what if both of them are gone by the time the Canucks reach the podium? Conversely, perhaps the Canucks are looking at a more well-rounded defender rather than two with some higher risk, higher reward potential.

Enter, Noah Dobson

Dobson is The Biggest Draft Riser

A relative unknown coming into the 2017-18 season, Noah Dobson has rocketed up draft rankings with a stellar season for the Acadie-Bathhurst Titans. Dobson posted 26 points in 63 games last season, but has exploded offensively this year with 69 points in 67 games.

The most attractive part of Dobson’s game is his ability to play in all three zones. He’s been capable in his own end for the Titans in his first two QMJHL seasons. Aside from scoring at almost a point-per-game, he was a major contributor defensively on a team that allowed the second-fewest goals in the QMJHL.

At 6’3”, 179 pounds, Dobson presents himself as more of the complete package compared to guys like Adam Boqvist and Quinn Hughes. While that matters less in today’s NHL, Dobson does have a similar skill set in terms of his speed and passing ability. He’s not as dynamic as a Boqvist or a Hughes, but his overall package should be enticing for any team with the chance to draft him.

The main critique about Dobson is that he needs to fill out physically, a common complaint for defenceman at his age. I would say that the only other complaint about him is that perhaps he isn’t as dynamic as some of the defenceman ranked ahead of him.

Where Does Dobson Rank?

Despite starting the season as a first-round afterthought, Dobson is now nearly a consensus top-ten pick due to his stellar season. He’s continue to perform in the playoffs, with the Acadie-Bathhurst Titans now competing in the second round of QMJHL playoff action.

If the Titans go on a run, Dobson could continue to climb the rankings, but here’s where he sits at right now in the eyes of these scouts.

TSN’s Craig Button: 8th

TSN’s Bob McKenzie: 8th

Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek: 6th

Dobber Prospect’s Cam Robinson: 7th

With the Canucks officially the sixth-worst team in hockey this season, it means that they’re most likely going to draft in that 6th to 8th overall slot. That’s where many of these experts have Dobson slotted. Couple that with the fact that the Canucks need some help on defence, and their could be a good chance that Dobson becomes a Canuck during the draft in June.

One small detail to figure out? He would surely lose the jersey number 53 to current Canuck Bo Horvat. Surely the Prince Edward Island native wouldn’t mind if that meant playing some NHL games in the near future.