Videos: Jim Benning and Trevor Linden sum up Canucks draft picks

The top Canucks draft pick, power forward Jake Virtanen, is only 17 years old.

But already the team's general manager is predicting that the Abbotsford native will become a major presence in the Canucks lineup in the future.

Jim Benning described both Virtanen and Jared McCann, another first-round Canucks draft pick, as "Top 6 NHL guys".

In an interview on Canucks TV, Benning also revealed that he has already seen the team's third pick, goalie Thatcher Demko, play 10 games for Boston College.

"He's 6'4", he's calm, he's got quick feet, he's hard to beat down low," Benning said.

He also described the next pick, Nikita Tryamkin, as a 6'7.5" 265-pound defensive defenceman with a hard shot.

Canucks president Trevor Linden said he couldn't be more happy with the results of the trades and the draft.

"Jake was a guy that for us was just a no-brainer," Linden said. "He's a guy that's physical, he's got a great shot, he's a Western Canadian kid excited for the opportunity to play with us. That's great."

He described McCann has a "good two-way player".

"He plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, which is a good thing," Linden noted. "He's a big part of our future."

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