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Jake Debrusk is our 16th

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Right behind Jakub Zboril for the second time this summer.

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  • Position: LW
  • Height: 6’0"
  • Weight: 179
  • League last year: WHL
  • Age this year: 18
  • Acquired: Drafted 14th overall in the 2015 NHL entry draft

Jake Debrusk was a bit off the board when picked at 14th. However, the pick wasn't totally out of the question. He was the subject of one of our pre-draft profiles. Here's what we said:

DeBrusk plays with a joy and energy that is the kind of thing fans love. He's fast and strong for his size, a very good skater and has a work-rate that's...well, if not unparalleled then at least very rarely matched by his competitors. His game is based on positioning, timing and intelligence with a side order of fearlessness-he'll go wherever is necessary to win the puck and give himself and his team the best chance of putting it in the net.

Scouts have already compared his style of play to none other than Daniel Sedin...and that's a very lofty comparison to make indeed. But it's also accurate.

DeBrusk's whole attacking arsenal relies on cunning and guile coupled with a killer instinct of a shot-on first out-thinking the other team, then doing exactly what's needed at exactly the right time, whether that be tying up a defender in front of the net in a physical battle before pulling away at just the right moment to receive a pass or get his stick on a shot from the point, or timing a pass perfectly to hit a team-mate in the best position to score.

His father, Louie Debrusk, was a fighter of the highest order. Here he is fighting Marty McSorley in 1992...and oh my god that hair:

Luckily, Jake is much more than a fighter. His highlight reels are a little different. Here are his 42 goals with Swift Current, set to the prerequisite terrible Nu-Metal that all hockey highlight videos are set to. Anyways, the goals:

Box Score:

Social Media Minute:

Jake Debrusk was giffed by Deadspin during development camp:

Jake Debrusk goal

The list so far, as voted by you:

  1. David Pastrnak (63%)
  2. Torey Krug (47%)
  3. Ryan Spooner (60%)
  4. Zach Trotman (40%)
  5. Brett Connolly (46%)
  6. Colin Miller (21%)
  7. Alexander Khokhlachev (27%)
  8. Jesse Gabrielle (29%)*
  9. Zach Senyshyn (20%)*
  10. Joe Morrow (17%)
  11. Zane McIntyre (25%)
  12. Malcolm Subban (37%)
  13. Seth Griffith (27%)
  14. Danton Heinen (25%)
  15. Jakub Zboril (39%)
  16. Jake Debrusk (24%)

Who's the 17th best under-25 player?