Jackson Houck
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Jackson Houck

Hometown:

North Vancouver British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-02-27

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (94th overall), 2013

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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 final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

WHL winger Jackson Houck reads as 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 lends himself to various roles on the ice and is a great team player with above-average hockey sense. He is not easy to push off the puck and has an aggressive, physical style of play. He is creative with the puck once he is in the offensive zone, but lacks the skating ability to get him there quickly.

 

Future

In 2013-14, Houck will likely get increased responsibility and a leadership role in his second season as the Vancouver Giants of the WHL continue to rebuild their organization.

 

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