June 24 2016 04:00PM
You may have heard by now that the NHL Entry Draft is taking place tonight and tomorrow in the great city of Buffalo, New York. (I've never been so don't quote me on this). The Canucks pick is highly discussed, as GM Jim Benning as said on multiple occasions that the pick could be moved at the right price, but he's happy with his selection at 5. There's been varying reports on who the Canucks covet in this slot, but I decided to take the question to the great writers of CA.
June 24 2016 03:00PM
*Author's Note: This article makes extensive use of the Prospect Graduation Probabilties System (pGPS). To learn more about pGPS, you can read our introductory post.
Now that the draft lottery has long passed, and the Canucks are guaranteed to pick fifth overall, all eyes have turned towards the draft, and which player the Canucks will select with their first round pick.
June 24 2016 02:14PM
Tomas Fleischmann was a casualty of last year's relatively flat salary cap, beginning the season by signing a PTO with the Montreal Canadiens. He earned a spot out of training camp, and was an integral part of their unbelievable start to the season, scoring 10 points in his first 13 games with the club. Unfortunately for him, his production would dry up along with the rest of the team, and it would take him another 44 games for him to match that total. He was subsequently traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with teammate Dale Weise, where he was mostly an afterthought and was a healthy scratch for the final three games of the Blackhawks' series against St. Louis.
The end of Fleischmann's season wasn't a memorable one, but he's still a useful player. Will the Canucks be interested? We'll take a look after the jump.
June 24 2016 12:57PM
News is fast and furious as we near the final hour in the lead up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York. The Vancouver Canucks have connected themselves to nearly every marquee name that may or may not be available and that says nothing of the whirlwind rumours swirling around them.
The paradigm is slowly shifting to the draft itself, though, and the players that teams are aiming to select therein. Or even better still, whether teams are willing to retain their picks or jockey position in the hope of landing higher quality or quantity of selections.
According to one of my sources, the Canucks are active in these discussions as well. Though the price to move up to third overall has already been written off as prohibitive, it's sounding like the Canucks are very seriously considering moving down from fifth overall.
June 24 2016 11:05AM
The moment we've all been waiting for is now upon us. The NHL Entry Draft starts at 4pm in Buffalo, New York and the Vancouver Canucks are set to pick fifth overall. With a little luck, they'll land a franchise player to build around for the foreseeable future.
Then again, with all the trade talk circulating it's entirely possible they're picking somewhere else. Or not even at all. It's the silliest part of silly season and at some point the swarm of moving parts settles. For the Canucks, who are adamant about their desire to compete for the playoffs next season, that might involve trading their fifth overall selection for immediate help.
I wouldn't rule out the Canucks moving out the odd contract to build on their dwindling draft stock. For Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, a master scout by trade, that could go a long way in meeting their goal of drafting and developing throughout their rebuild on the fly.
Hell, just about anything could happen. Let's try and make sense of it, on the other side of the jump.