June 21 2016 01:00PM
The draft is upon us this week, with speculation and rumours running rampant as teams get ready for the big weekend.
Over the past few weeks, there have been suggestions that the Columbus Blue Jackets, who currently possess the 3rd overall pick, would consider trading down. If that is the case, the Canucks should be at least interested. The price would need to make sense, but it's clear that there is a difference between Jesse Puljujarvi and whoever will be available at 5th overall.
The Canucks are not in a position to put together a package of picks and prospects, but with some creativity, there could be a deal to be had.
June 21 2016 11:00AM
Matt Cooke, Left Wing, 6th round, 144th overall, 1997 Draft
By rights, Matt Cooke should have never wound up in a Vancouver Canucks uniform. He was a bit player on an awful 1996 Windsor Spitfires team – scoring only 19 points in 61 games – and was overlooked by all 26 team at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The confident Belleville, Ontario native, however, decided to try out for the Toronto Maple Leafs at their training camp that September.
Cooke left a lasting impression, impressing the Leafs’ coaching and managerial brass with his hard-nosed play and tenacity. The Leafs decided to offer the walk-on player a professional contract, which the young winger happily signed. That should have been the end of the story. Except, of course, it was anything but.
June 21 2016 07:00AM
Our number two ranked prospect started the season rated as the third best prospect in the draft, only to have a historic season and push himself to second (and have some discussing him as a possible first) rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry draft.
Hailing from Tampere Finland, the elite goalscorer Patrik Laine comes next in our prospect profile series.
June 20 2016 10:03PM
Thought escaped me forever, eh? Unfortunately for the readers here at Canucks Army, I haven't so much left as much as I've been distracted by the insanity that's going on in the land of East Coast Bias. In the meantime, you get to hear better opinions from smarter people than myself, with today's mailbag being the exception. Let's see what's on everybody's mind!
June 20 2016 03:00PM
There is a slight possibility that the Canucks trade down a couple of spots while gaining some additional assets. It would be a prudent way to leverage their high draft position and recoup multiple futures. We obviously don't know what will happen over the next few weeks, and things change very quickly.
I would likely lean towards staying at 5th and taking the best player available, but there may be a offer that they can't pass up.