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Fantasy Summary

An undersized defenseman who showcases strong puck-moving abilities, and disruptive defensive skills. Projects as a promising depth NHL option.


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May 2023 – The Canucks, and nearly the entire NHL, were highly interested in (now) 24-year-old defenseman due to his exceptional puck-moving abilities and potential to step right into a contributing role. Despite his undersized stature (6-foot-0, 170-pounds), Hirose showcased his skills at the NCAA level with Minnesota State University, recording 27 points in his Junior college season (68 combined). His precise passing and hockey sense compensate for his lack of blazing speed or exceptional stickhandling, allowing him to create scoring opportunities at a productive rate. Defensively, Hirose leverages his skating and stick work to disrupt opponents, particularly during rushes and in the defensive zone. The Canucks recognized his potential and signed him to a one-year entry-level contract. However, given his size, his ability to defend effectively will rely on his mobility, maintaining proper gaps, and utilizing his stick. Hirose’s trajectory suggests he could become a valuable depth option for the Canucks, contributing at both ends of the ice. Dave Hall

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 9, 1999
Height 6‘0”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Team Calgary North Alberta Cup5 1 12 0|        
  Edge School U15 PrepU15 AAA60 19 4059 43|        
  Edge School U16 PrepO15 AAA2 1 23 4|        
 2014-2015 Edge School U16 PrepCSSHL U1630 12 1527 48|Playoffs3 1 01
  Edge School U18 PrepCSSHL U184 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Edge School U18 PrepCSSHL U1831 12 1527 56|Playoffs4 0 22
  Edge School U18 PrepMPHL18 5 611 14|Playoffs3 1 23
 2016-2017 Salmon Arm SilverbacksBCHL44 2 810 18|        
 2017-2018 Salmon Arm SilverbacksBCHL55 5 2732 24|Playoffs4 0 00
 2018-2019 Salmon Arm SilverbacksBCHL52 4 2529 17|Playoffs5 0 44
 2019-2020 Salmon Arm SilverbacksBCHL57 9 4251 18|Playoffs4 0 33
 2020-2021 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato)NCAA28 1 1415 14|        
 2021-2022 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato)NCAA38 2 2426 8|        
 2022-2023 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato)NCAA38 4 2327 18|        
  Vancouver CanucksNHL7 0 33 4|        
 2023-2024 Vancouver CanucksNHL3 0 00 0|        
  Abbotsford CanucksAHL16 0 00 4|        

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