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Canucks Select Joni Jurmo 82nd Overall

With a big, smooth skating defender still on the board, the Canucks go to Finland for their first pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

2019 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

It took a while for us to get there (and holy hell, is it a chore sitting through this version of the draft), but the Vancouver Canucks have chosen Finnish defender Joni Jurmo with their first pick of the draft, at 82nd overall.

Jurmo was ranked #20 among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting, so for him to be available could end up being a steal for the Canucks should he pan out. He seems to have a skillset that will allow him to fit in with the style that the Canucks are playing under Travis Green, and his size on the back end will be a bonus as well.

He had a good showing at the most recent World U20 tournament, putting up 3-3-6 in 4 games for Finland, and after a great season in the top Finnish Jr league last year is up with JYP in the Finnish Liiga this season.

This is a work in progress, no doubt. But with a number of strong elements to his game, with the right development, he could fit in well with the Canucks down the road.

The Canucks next pick is in Round 4, at #113 overall.