Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks Special Advisor to the General Manager Stan Smyl announced on stage today that the Canucks have selected right winger Vasily Podkolzin 10th overall at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft held at Rogers Arena.
Podkolzin, 17, finished the season playing for Neva St. Petersburg in Russia's second league, recording five points (2-3-5) in 14 games played. He captained Team Russia to a bronze medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup notching 11 points (8-3-11) in five games, leading the tournament in goals. He also wore the 'C' at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship, posting four points (1-3-4) in seven games to help Russia earn a silver medal.
A native of Moscow, Russia, Podkolzin has also represented his country at the 2019 World Junior Championship (0-3-3 in seven games played), 2018 World Junior A Challenge (3-5-8 in six games played), 2018 Under-18 World Championship (2-2-4 in four games played) and the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (1-5-6 in five games played).
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