The Pick: No. 6 overall—LW Jake Virtanen (Calgary, WHL); 24th overall—C Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)
The Grade: A-
The Bottom Line: If not for Virtanen's shoulder surgery, this might be a slightly higher grade. Virtanen could be the best power forward from this draft and has every element a team wants from a big winger—size, speed, a heavy shot and a feisty edge. The fact he was picked by his hometown team made it an even easier choice for the Canucks. There's some risk but the reward could be incredible.
"We're trying to change the culture of our team a little bit and he's another piece of the puzzle," said new GM Jim Benning.
Having traded gritty two-way center Ryan Kesler earlier in the day (via The Canadian Press' Stephen Whyno) as posted on the National Post , the second pick of the first round was a potential replacement—although not right away—for that aspect of the forward corps. McCann was nearly a point-per-game player in his second year in the OHL but also boasts the kind of defensive responsibility teams crave out of their big men in the middle.