The second-round pick Danila Klimovich shines at Canucks Training Camp which leads to speculation where he could play this season. The Belarusian forward was taken 41st overall in the 2021 NHL entry draft but did not look out of place at the Vancouver Canucks training camp. For a draft pick that some people might have called a stretch, Danila has fit right in.
“The problem in some countries is the kids have to wait until the international tournaments.” Said Danila Klimovichs agent Dan Milstein. “Belarus is an up incoming hockey country, Belarusians are crazy about the game, it’s always been a hockey country.”Only 35 players have ever been drafted to the NHL from Belarus and Danila Klimovich might help to change things.
Danila Klimovich Shines For The NHL Entry Draft
Canucks fans might have been scratching their heads when Vancouver announced they were drafting Danila Klimovich with the 41st overall pick in the 2021 NHL entry draft. For this, we might need to go back to the World Juniors in Dallas that saw GMs and scouts rushing over to the second arena to watch what a Belarusian stud was doing. He scored 6 goals in 5 games and recorded a hat trick against Switzerland.
It was clear that Jim Benning and the Canucks were high on the young player. “We usually wait for weeks after the draft to engage in a conversation. We felt he was a 1st round worthy selection this year.” Said, Dan Milstein when I spoke to him on Saturday. “Benning was on the phone within minutes to start a contract. By the time the 42nd rolled Jim Benning called and we agreed to have a contract done by when the 43rd pick was in.”
Vancouver signed Klmiovich to a 3 year entry level contract, making him the first player in the 2021 NHL draft to sign a contract. His contract would allow him to play up to 9 NHL games without burning a year of his Entry level contract. There is no limit to the amount of American Hockey League games he can play and that could be a good spot to keep an eye on their prized prospect.
Vancouver Canucks Training Camp And Preseason
The Canucks dropped the puck on training camp on Thursday from Abbotsford and continued on Friday and Saturday. Danny Klmiovich did not look out of place as he competed against some seasoned NHL players. He was making confident moves, trying between the legs shots and being physical on puck battles.
He was prasied by his coach Travis Green after day 2 of training camp, “I thought our young draft pick from last year, our second rounder Klimovich has looked well, big kid, skates well.”
Danila was given a chance in the Vancouver Canucks first preseason game of the season against the Seattle Kraken on Sunday night. He was given powerplay time and was a net front presence on the powerplay goal by Brock Boeser. Travis Green spoke once again about the young Belarusian after Sunday nights game, “I thought Klimovich played well again.”
Time will tell if Danila has done enough to stay with the Canucks organization. It is a long shot to make the Vancouver Canucks but the Abbotsford Canucks could be a possibility. His junior rights are currently held by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League if that becomes a route for the Klimovich.
When I spoke with his agent this weekend I asked where he could play this season? “We are going to talk after the camp and make decisions, there are preseason games, he could play in the KHL, he could play in the AHL, he could play in the Q. His goal is to stay in North America.”
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Canucks
The preseason gets underway for the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night from the Abbotsford Events Center against the Calgary Flames. Danila Klimovich will need to have a good showing when he gets on the ice to show the organization that it would be best to keep him as close to home as possible.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and notes as your Vancouver Canucks drop the puck on their season. Check out the Sports Talk Line website for articles, and more as the season get underway. For more on Danila Klimovich check out my interview on The Unnamed Sports Show after the draft.