Jack Rathbone

Vancouver Canucks
Photo courtesy https://www.ushr.com/news/neprep/20171122/5903?label=Schedules-Galore

Fantasy Summary

A transitional defender with great skating ability and a terrific shot. Plays a heady, up-tempo style.

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 20, 1999
Height 5‘10”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 4; Overall: 95


July 2020 – The Canucks were fortunate enough to ink this kid to an entry-level contract. The COVID situation surely helped get the 21-year-old to leave Harvard as the NCAA club had already cancelled their fall schedule. The offer to burn a year off of the ELC without playing NHL games this summer turned out to be the sweetener needed to get it done. The 5’11 190 lefty is the club’s top asset on the blueline and could conceivably step into the NHL lineup to begin 2020-21. Rathbone led all college defenders in shots-per-game (3.36) and was third in points-per-game (1.11). The left-side on the third-pairing is wide open for next season. He’ll have as good a chance to take it as Olli Juolevi or Jordie Benn. Long term, think Samuel Girard playing behind Cale Makar. Quinn Hughes will eat up the prime power-play ice, but Rathbone could and should be effective in a secondary role. Cam Robinson

December 2019 – The 20-year-old has been silencing the questions whether he could handle the load on the Crimson blueline now that former partner Adam Fox has turned pro. Rathbone is a splendid skater who loves to shoot the puck at high volumes. He’s been creating offense regularly and posing as a formidable transition option. The Canucks have found a good one in the middle rounds. Cam Robinson

March 2019 – With 21 points (16+5) in 31 NCAA contests, defenseman Jack Rathbone has been named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. The 19-year-old found instant chemistry with high-flying, right-shot defender, Adam Fox on the Harvard blue line and rode it for the duration of the campaign. It will be interesting to see if Rathbone gets his partner back next season or if Fox will sign with Carolina. That will certainly play into Rathbone’s production levels as a sophomore in 2019-2020. Cam Robinson

November 2018 – Rathbone has long been the mystery man in the Canucks’ prospect system. He’s no longer that. It took all of half of a game for the 19-year-old to join the top pairing with Harvard of the NCAA. He’s found instant chemistry with Hurricanes’ prospect, Adam Fox. The two both love to wheel and make quick outlets. They appear to have a sixth sense for when to push and when to sit back and hold the fort for their partner to run. Rathbone currently sits with two goals and seven points in five NCAA contests. His 1.4 points-per-game sits third in the nation for blueliners, trailing Fox and Cale Makar. It’s been a terrific start to a college career and one that surely has the National Junior team staff taking notice. Rathbone remains a long shot to play at the WJC but continued play like this could certainly land him an invite to camp. Once there, anything can happen. Cam Robinson

April 2018 – Footage and information regarding the Canucks’ 2017 fourth-round selection have been difficult to come by. Playing high school hockey in the New England prep circuit, Rathbone has clearly been a dominant force, recording 10 goals and 29 points in just 16 games with Dexter Academy at the last check-in. Rathbone is a tremendous skater who brings a big shot and some feistiness to the ice. The soon-to-be 19-year-old will head to Harvard in the fall where his development will be easier to track. He remains a long-term prospect but one that exhibits NHL potential. Cam Robinson

June 2017 – Rathbone isn’t taking your usual path towards the NHL. The swift-skating defender will stay one more season at the Dexter School – a prep school academy in Massachusetts before joining the Harvard Crimson of the NCAA in 2018-19. This extra year of high-school hockey will afford the Canucks’ organization an extra year of owning his rights and will likely allow him to fully develop before leaving school.

Rathbone owns great awareness on the ice, can skate and pass the puck with enough precision that you can excuse him being slightly undersized. His style of play is becoming more and more effective in the NHL and with proper development, he could become a solid offensive producer. Cam Robinson


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Team Black USA-S15 5 0 0 0 - |          
  Dexter Southfield School USHS-Prep 31 3 4 7 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers 16U AAA MHSL U16 15 5 8 13 12 |          
 2015-2016 Team Orange USA-S16 5 1 2 3 2 |          
  Dexter Southfield School USHS-Prep 29 11 15 26 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers 16U AAA MHSL U16 12 5 8 13 18 |          
 2016-2017 Team Royal USA-S17 5 0 1 1 - |          
  Dexter Southfield School USHS-Prep 22 16 19 35 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers 18U AAA MHSL U18 14 4 8 12 8 |          
  Cape Cod Whalers 18U AAA 18U AAA 23 8 10 18 - |          
  Youngstown Phantoms USHL 4 0 1 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Dexter Southfield School USHS-Prep 17 11 19 30 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers 18U AAA MHSL U18 8 4 0 4 - |          
 2018-2019 Harvard Univ. NCAA 33 7 15 22 8 |          
 2019-2020 Harvard Univ. NCAA 28 7 24 31 16 |