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A review of Woo

...looking back and looking forward at the defenceman

by Ryan Biech @ryanbiech / Freelance writer

Jett Woo, Vancouver's 2nd round pick in 2018, is attending his second Canucks development camp, but is unable to participate in on-ice sessions due to a lingering injury.

It's unfortunate that he is unable to join the main group after having a break-out season with the Moose Jaw Warriors. His season included an invite to the Hockey Canada summer development camp and representing them at the Summer Showcase in Kamloops, and playing for Team WHL at the Langley Events Centre in the Canada/Russia Super Series.

It was a busy season for the right-handed defensive prospect and he made many positive strides this year.

WHL Season

During his draft season, Woo suffered an injury that held him out of the Warriors line-up for a large chunk of the season. When he returned, he was asked to take a defensive role for a team with an eye on the WHL title. He thrived in that role as a physical defenceman who rarely gave up his blueline to the opposition.

As a result of the deployment, he was limited to 22 points in 44 games and the Canucks were able to snag him at 37th overall last June.

This season, he returned to the Warriors and was asked to be one of the key guys on the backend with Montreal Canadiens prospect Josh Brook. Woo was able to score 12 goals and 54 assists in 62 games for the Warriors.

Despite the offensive breakout, it didn't prevent him from being the physical defenceman that makes him such an intriguing option as a part of the Canucks future on the backend.

His 66 points this season were ranked 5th among all WHL defencemen this past season while averaging about 18 minutes a game.

Woo was moved to the Calgary Hitmen in a recent off-season trade that should see him have a chance to battle the Central Division title and hopefully push for the WHL Championship. It's expected that he will have a similar role with the Hitmen as he did this past season and will have fellow Canucks prospect Carson Focht as a teammate.

Video: 8 Things to Know About Canucks Prospect Jett Woo

Hockey Canada

Woo wasn't selected to the U20 World Juniors roster this past year, but should be a big part of their team for the upcoming tournament.

He acquitted himself extremely well at the Summer Showcase in Kamloops last summer and will look to build on that as the event moves back to Plymouth, Michigan, this July.

At the Canada/Russia Series in November, Woo and Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram were paired and looked great together. Both are gifted skaters that can transition with the puck while not giving up much in the defensive zone.

The 6'0" and 205 lbs Canucks prospect has represented Canada at the U18 World Juniors and at Ivan Hlinka.

Video: DEV CAMP | Jett Woo Zipline Adventure in Whistler

Camp Notes - Brogan Rafferty and Josh Teves

Late last season the Canucks added defencemen Brogan Rafferty and Josh Teves to the organization as free agents from the NCAA. Both appeared in NHL games to close out the season, so fans are a little bit of familiar of what they are.

Rafferty is the more physical of the two and displayed that quite a few times throughout last season with Quinnipiac. He ended last season with four goals and 20 assists in 38 games with the Bobcats before signing the contract with the Canucks and making the leap to the NHL.

Teves ended his NCAA career with Princeton with three goals and 17 assists in 30 games and then appeared in one game for the Canucks. He is a very good skater that makes that first pass to create transition.

Despite appearing in those games to close out last season, the two new prospects will be in a battle to earn roles with the big club to start the season. If they are unable to do so, they will head down to Utica and look to be leaders for the defensive group.

Both players were qualified Tuesday as pending restricted free agents and the Canucks will look to re-sign them in the coming weeks to new contracts.

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