Ian Clark wanted the #Canucks to pick a goaltender and he got his wish: Aku Koskenvuo.— Daniel Wagner (@passittobulis) July 24, 2021
With two picks in Round Five, the Canucks have rolled the dice on a big Finnish kid who seems to be exactly the type of goaltender that Canucks goalie guru Ian Clark can mold into a quality puck stopper.
Koskenvuo is heading to Harvard in 2022, so it’ll be a while before we can get a good idea of what they have in him. He was the 4th ranked European goaltender by NHL Central Scouting.
Some seem to have been turned off by a less than stellar performance for Finland at the World Under 18’s, where he went 3-3-0 with a 4.23 GAA and a .874 save %, with one shutout, but this looks like someone the Canucks definitely wanted, and had input from Clark on the pick.
With the No. 137 pick in the 2021 #NHLDraft, the Vancouver Canucks select GAku Koskenvuo of HIFK.— FCHockey (@FCHockey) July 24, 2021
He was ranked at No. 86.
"Koskenvuo checks all the boxes. He’s athletic, has the size, some decent mobility and his rebound control is really good." https://t.co/ubjr4KIGJK