Marcus Vela

Hometown:

Burnaby British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1997-03-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (190th overall), 2015

Weight:

201 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Marcus Vela played bantam hockey in his hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia. He was selected by the Spokane Chiefs in the seventh round (146th overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. 

2012-13: Vela played for the midget AA Burnaby Bulldogs in British Columbia. He scored 25 goals with 55 assists in 30 games. Vela played for Team British Columbia in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. 

2013-14: Vela committed to playing college hockey at the University of New Hampshire in September and skated for the Langley Rivermen in the British Columbia Hockey League. Skating for the Rivermen as a 16-year-old, he scored 11 goals with 11 assists and 41 penalty minutes. Langley finished first in the Mainland Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Vela scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. 

2014-15: Vela was the third-leading scorer for Langley in his second BCHL season and played for Canada West in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. In 50 games he scored 20 goals with 26 assists and 57 penalty minutes. The Rivermen finished second in the Mainland Division, falling to Prince George in a first-round playoff series. Still limited after a late season injury, Vela had 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games. In four games for Canada West at the WJAC he had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Canada West finished sixth, falling 3-2 to Switzerland in the fifth-place game. Vela was ranked 131st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (190th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Vela is a character player with some scoring ability who can be used in a variety of roles. He is a well-rounded player and should continue to refine his technical skills and tactical play while maturing physically and adding strength during his college career.

Future

Vela is in his freshman year at the University of New Hampshire in 2015-16 and is expected to play a significant role for the Wildcats. A long-term project at this point, his scoring ability and two-way play suggest he can be an effective second or third line player at the NHL level in the future.

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