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Canucks select G Aku Koskenvuo 137th Overall

With their 2nd pick today, the Canucks turn to Finland and a goaltender. Someone told Jim the Canucks need defencemen, right?

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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.