Jackson Houck
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Jackson Houck


North Vancouver British Columbia

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4th round (94th overall), 2013


194 lbs.

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2009-10: Jackson Houck skated for the North Shore Athletic Club bantam team in Vancouver and was selected in the third round (57th overall) of the WHL Bantam Draft by the Vancouver Giants.

2010-11: Houck played for the Vancouver Northwest Giants midget minor team in British Columbia and represented BC in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. He scored 20 goals with 18 assists in 31 games and had 72 penalty minutes. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist in five playoff games. The Giants reached the 2011 Telus Cup national championship tournament and Houck and teammate Alex Kerfoot led all goal scorers at the tournament with 9 goals each. Houcke also had 3 assists in seven games as the Giants reached the bronze medal game. In six games for Team BC, which captured the gold medal at the CWG, he had 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes.

2011-12:Houck joined the WHL’s Vancouver Giants as a 16-year-old, skating in 53 games, and played for Canada Pacific in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 8 goals with 12 assists and was +15 with 39 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Giants and had 4 assists, finishing +1 with 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games. The Giants were second in the B.C Division and faced Spokane in a first round series. In four games for Canada Pacific at the WHC he had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Houck was the leading scorer for the Giants in an otherwise forgettable season as Vancouver finished with the WHL’s worst record. He scored 23 goals with a team-high 34 assists in 69 games and was -16 with 68 penalty minutes. Houck, ranked 112th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, was ranked 65th in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Edmonton in the froth round (94th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Houck led the Vancouver Giants with 34 goals in his third WHL season. He had 27 assists and was -2 with 72 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games. The Giants finished third in the B.C. Division and were swept by Portland in a first-round playoff series. Houck scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with 5 penalty minutes in four playoff games. 


Talent Analysis

Houck is a very average prospect on paper, but makes up for his lack of brilliance in any one area by working hard on every shift and not shying away from tough battles. He can play various roles and is a great team player with above-average hockey sense. Houck is not easy to push off the puck and has an aggressive, physical style of play. He is creative with the puck in the offensive zone but lacks the skating ability to get him there quickly.


Houck attended training camp with the Oilers before being returned to the Vancouver Giants for his fourth WHL season in 2014-15. He has been among the club's leaders in points and penalty minutes as the Giants are challenging for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. Houck must sign an entry-level contract with Edmonton by June 2015 or would re-enter the NHL Draft. Long-term his NHL potential is limited due to his lack of high level technical skills and his skating ability but Houck's willingness to compete suggests he can be a valuable lower line forward one day.


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