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Vancouver Canucks Sign Trick-Shot Artist Nils Hoglander for Three Years

Today, the Vancouver Canucks and general manager Jim Benning announced that the Canucks had signed left-winger and 19-year-old prospect Nils Hoglander to a three-year entry-level contract. 

Jim Benning Lauds Hoglander’s Skills

As Benning announced, “Nils is a dynamic player with a high skill level and a strong work ethic. He’s a creative playmaker with great hands and goal-scoring abilities. We’re pleased to sign Nils today and look forward to seeing continued development in his game next season.” 

There’s good reason to spin Hoglander’s abilities. Last week, as you can see below on the YouTube video, Hoglander’s goal this season was named at the Goal of the Year in Sweden. He’s one of the most creative thinkers on the ice. It was the second season in a row that he was named as having scored the Goal of the Year in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Nils Hoglander’s Swedish Hockey League’s Goal of the Year

This goal is one of the most creative I’ve ever seen. I actually watched Robbie Schremp score one like this several seasons back when he was with the Edmonton Oilers. And, speaking of the Oilers, it’s the kind of creative play-making that the great Wayne Gretzky used to think of on the spot and actually score on every once in a while.

In this goal, you simply have to see it to believe it. As noted, Hoglander continues to win Goal-of-the-Year Awards season after season. The scoring tactic he used this season is called a “lacrosse-style” goal. And, it was one of Hoglander’s nine goals and 16 points in 41 games this season with Rogle BK. There’s no doubt in my mind that Benning watched it and salivated at the thought of seeing this on a regular basis in Vancouver.

The 19-year-old Hoglander played in 41 games for Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League this season, scoring 16 points (nine goals and seven assists). In his two seasons with Rogle BK, he’s scored 30 points (16 goals and 14 assists) in 91 games.

Internationally, Hoglander played with team Sweden when they won a bronze medal at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships. During that tournament, he ranked third on the team in scoring with 11 points (five goals and six assists) in 7 games.  

Good Luck to Hoglander with the Canucks

The Canucks picked the 5-foot-8, 183-pound Hoglander in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft (40th overall). Whether he finds success in the NHL or not, he’s obviously a master at lacrosse-style goals. He’d be a fun addition to the Canucks’ roster.

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