14-Year-Old Right Wing – Vancouver Canucks
Anton Rodin Contract Information:
Signed a three-year contract with the Canucks in June 2010.
Rodin was assigned to Chicago of the AHL on Friday, the Canucks' official site reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Rodin came over from the Swedish Elite League last year to see his first action in the AHL. The 21-year-old winger finished with 27 points (10 G, 17 A) in 62 games for Chicago and, while he wasn’t all that productive during his first stint on this side of the pond, Rodin remains one of the Canucks’ top offensive prospects due to his strong skating, hockey IQ and puck handling.
Rodin, one of the Canucks' top prospects, is a strong skater with high hockey IQ and solid puck handling. However, the 21-year-old winger is currently dealing with a shoulder injury that could delay his debut with Chicago of the AHL. Once healthy, Rodin is expected to need a season or two of AHL experience before getting a shot with the Canucks.
The 20-year-old winger is set to play his second consecutive season with Brynas of the Swedish Elite League in 2010-2011. He’s a superb skater and knows how to handle a puck, but Rodin could use a couple more seasons overseas or in the minors physically maturing.
A second round pick of the Canucks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Rondin is a raw player with plenty of offensive upside. He tends to shy away from physical play and will need to improve that aspect of his game before seeing a chance with Vancouver. At 19, he's probably a few years away from the big pond, but Rondin has the offensive acumen to turn into a long-term keeper.