Jared McCann

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2017-02-24

Jared McCann - photo courtesy: USA TODAY Sports Images

Jared McCann, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 174

Born: 1996-05-03

Hometown: Stratford, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Vancouver Canucks, 24th overall

 

Observations:

February 2017 – Immediately after getting time on the Panthers top line, the 20 year old was sent down to the minors in order to make room for players returning from injury. McCann has struggled to solidify a consistent role in the NHL this year, despite having plenty of opportunity with a banged up Panthers squad. The talent is definitely there and McCann should benefit from receiving top line minutes in the AHL in order to refine certain offensive elements of his game. McCann was often buried on the depth chart in Vancouver, which resulted in centering the 4th line for much of his rookie season. I am happy to see the Panthers not making that same mistake and showing patience in his development, so that he can eventually be groomed into a top 6 role. McCann currently has 9 points in 19 games in the AHL and collected 7 points in 29 games with the Panthers. Joel Gluss

 

April 2016 – The “other” of the 19-year-olds on the Canucks roster, along with Jake Virtanen, McCann faced a steep learning curve in his first season as an NHL player. Finishing up the campaign with nine goals and 18 points, the former Sault St. Marie Greyhound found himself playing in a bottom-six role for the most part. This may certainly be a reflection of his future in the NHL, as his upside has been described as that of a responsible second-line pivot. While the season the Canucks had may leave much to be desired, it may also reflect a base-case scenario for McCann and Vancouver’s other young players. That means an ability to play at the pro level with reasonable expectations, allowing them to learn the subtle points of the game and grow in a nurturing environment. David McDonald

 

December 2015 – This has certainly been a learning experience for Jared McCann. After making the Canucks out of training camp along with fellow former 1st round pick Jake Virtanen, he has