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Season in Review: Jerrick Poole


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Drafted fourth overall by the Toronto Legion, expectations were high for Jerrick Poole who was the first pick following three well-established players who could all be considered sure things.  Poole had the potential but some questioned taking him over a more reliable defenseman such as Lloyd Light.  Ultimately, the potential was too good to pass up and so far, it's looking like the right decision as Poole has quickly established himself as one of the top defensemen in the VHL.  His well-balanced game is something many players simply don't have and his statistical performance in a wide variety of categories is something that, despite the fact he will not be taking home any hardware, makes him one of the best young players in the league.


Although Poole's 60 points were just one off from putting him among the top ten defensemen in terms of points scored, his offensive output was an excellent surprise for a player largely drafted for his defensive ability.  His 215 shots blocked were second best in the league and not a single player withing 50 blocked shots of this total scored even 50 points.  In addition, of all defensemen with at least 60 points scored, Poole ranked second in hits with 261.  Poole's ability to play well in just about every aspect of the game is very valuable and will be essential as the seeds of Toronto's rebuild begin to blossom.

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