A Look at Vancouver Prospect Thatcher Bell

By Scott McFarlane

The Vancouver Canucks are loaded with depth in their organization. Even though they have had some picks that have not panned out. For example Shawn Antoski, he had some good junior stats but never really did anything in the NHL.

One player that the Canucks drafted in the 2000 NHL entry draft. He really stands out in my mind.

His name is Thatcher Bell;

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 188 lbs
Birth date: 1982-02-01
Hometown: Charlottetown, PEI
Acquired: Round 3, #71 overall, 2000 NHL Entry Draft
The Canucks got a steal when selecting Thatcher in the 3rd round of the 2000 NHL entry draft. Bell was ranked as one of the top QMJHL players, and fell. The Canucks were quite lucky to get this fast skating, highly skilled player.

Last years stats with the Rimouski Oceanic.

       GP   G    A    P    PIM
QMJHL  46   27   32   59   77
A solid year for a quick player that shows he can snap a wrister with the best in any league. His shot is devastating for opposing goalies, he releases it so quickly that the goalie has no time to react. Reminds me of a young Joe Sakic.

He does have average height for the NHL, but Bell could manage to put a few more pounds on. If he bulked up to around 200-210, then he would be able to take some punishment from NHL players. But I don’t think that many NHL players would be able to catch him.

Bell’s best year in Rimouski came in the 1999-00 season. Where he recorded 69 points in 53 games.

Bell has potential to be a star in the NHL, hopefully with the Canucks. On the other hand, with the Canucks situation in the minors, with their depth. I don’t think that we will be seeing Thatcher Bell in Canucks uniform for a while. Maybe 3-4 years down the road he will make it. But there also is a possibility that he could be dealt at the upcoming draft. I highly doubt it, but the possibility is still there.

Out of 10, I am going to rate Thatcher Bell 6.5.

6.5/10

1=brutal
5=alright
10=superstar

He does have the potential to be a star, just not in the near future.

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Scott McFarlane