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By Scott Rosenhek
In this bonus post of the Second Round Spotlight series, I wanted to look at a few prospects I would hope the Canucks have their eye on if Columbus gives up their 2nd round pick this year (currently 55th overall).
Markus Phillips is a left-shot defenceman from the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. He scored 13 goals and 43 points this season. This is another two-way defenceman with an eye for offense. Like many prospects I have profiled, he is a good skater, but he also uses his size and physicality to his advantage. It’s not to say that poor skating prevents an NHL career, it is just a little bit harder to succeed in an NHL that is getting faster every day.
Phillips is very apt at clearing forwards from in front of his own goal and usually comes out on top in board battles. Markus Phillips likes to shoot frequently, though he will have to learn to pick his spots with better precision. Many of his shots end up blocked or missing, so accuracy will have to be improved upon.
Mason Shaw is on the smaller side concerning height, but he could be one of those stocky players that is willing to battle down low. Playing centre for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL, Shaw has excelled, scoring 27 goals and 94 points. He leads all CHL draft eligible players in even strength point production and had 12 points in 11 games in the WHL playoffs.
Shaw is fast, possesses a lot of skill and can power his way towards the net like a bulldog. His stick handling is superb and he has a keen vision for offense. Scouts may have concerns about his size and his play in his own end. That deficiency in his own end may be what makes or breaks an NHL career for Mason Shaw.
Last, but certainly not least is Josh Brook of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors. He is a right-shot defenceman, collecting 40 points in 69 games this season and another 7 points in 7 playoff games. The Yorkton, Saskatchewan native also made an impression at the Under-18 World Juniors, producing 2 points in 5 games.
Josh Brook is a defensive defenceman. He is very strong in his own end and can move the puck around to start rushes into the offensive zone. Brook’s defensive plays are sound and smart, adding to his effectiveness. His skating is solid, but not elite and offence is not one of his transferable strengths to the NHL level. However, right-shot defencemen are coveted in the NHL, so don’t be surprised to hear his name on draft day.