PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Jake Virtanen is selected sixth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 486532375
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If he doesn't make it in the NHL, Jake Virtanen may have a future in journalism.
Virtanen, selected sixth overall in the first round of this summer's draft by the Vancouver Canucks, broke the news of his own signing Friday when he sent out a tweet saying: "Such an honour to sign with the Vancouver Canucks! I'd like to thank everybody who's helped me get to this point especially my family."
The 17-year-old Abbotsford native signed a three-year entry-level deal believed to be worth $925,000 a season.
Virtanen scored 45 goals and had 71 points in 71 games with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen last season. Virtanen, a right-winger, had surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hopes to be ready to play this fall.
Virtanen's signing follows that of Vancouver's other first-round pick, Jared McCann, who went 24th overall.
McCann, a centre whose signing was announced on Thursday by the Canucks, had 27 goals and 62 points in 64 games last season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.
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