Next up in the Canucks potential draft pick file is Calvin De Haan. He’s another one of those delightful offensive defencemen that everyone has flirty eyes for. You can get all his swoonworthy stats in his NHL.com profile. De Haan was first in scoring for Oshawa defencemen last season with 63 points (8 goals 55 assists) in 68 games. At 6’0″ and 170 he might be a little bit small, but his high hockey smarts will probably make up for it. Ooooooh. You know how I like the smart ones. He skated for Canada at the under 18 Championships and had 6 assists in 6 games. His hockey sense and great skating are mentioned in his scouting report.
“Calvin shows a lot of patience and poise for a young defenseman. He has high-end puck skill and passing ability. He has a very good shot, hard and accurate, and a very good ability to get the puck through traffic to the net. He sees the ice very well and moves the puck through traffic. His skating is excellent, mobility, agility and speed. His biggest asset is his hockey sense. He makes very few mistakes.”
A little bit more praise from his Oshawa coach.
“He has that uncanny ability to slow things down in his mind and keep a high level of speed. He’s such a down-to-earth, unassuming, humble guy. That’s the nice thing about Calvin. The NHL part hasn’t entered his mind. Certainly he wants to get drafted, that’s his goal, but it hasn’t been a distraction or a topic of conversation.”
Calvin’s favourite team is the Ottawa Senators and his favourite player is Scott Neidermayer. His nickname is “Vinny” and he won’t get haircuts on game day. That’s soooo precious. I like this little button a lot. He’s obviously talented and sounds smart and classy. You know Gillis likes his bebeh draft picks to bring the smarts and the classy. I think I’ll bring my pom poms and write a cheer about Calvin to perform in front of Gillis at the draft.