June 25 2016 12:44PM
The Vancouver Canucks used the second of their two seventh-round selections on overage winger Brett McKenzie of the North Bay Battalion in the OHL. Though McKenzie was unranked by most scouting organizations, the Canucks felt comfortable using the 194th overall pick on the defensive forward with size.
June 25 2016 12:43PM
With the 184th overall pick, the Canucks selected a familiar face in Rodrigo Abols. Abols was invited to the Canucks' prospect camp last year, impressing both management and fans along the way. Unfortunately, due to the NHL's CBA, the Canucks were unable to sign Abols to a contract.
Abols was unranked by both Central Scouting and ISS in the final rankings. However, Abols was ranked 121st out of North American skaters by Central Scouting for the midterm rankings.
June 25 2016 11:39AM
With the 154th overall pick, the Canucks have selected Surrey native Jakob Stukel, a winger for the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.
Stukel was ranked 82nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting and 194th by ISS, so his ranking is generally in line with what you'd expect from a sixth-round selection.
June 25 2016 11:05AM
With the 140th overall selection, the Canucks have gone back to the well of defencemen and chosen Cole Candella of the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Ranked in the late third to fourth round, Candella is certainly closer to his projected range than Vancouver's previous pick, William Lockwood.
June 25 2016 09:33AM
Much has been made of Jim Benning's comments this week. Particularly the ones he made on TSN 1040AM radio regarding P.K. Subban and Steven Stamkos.
Though 29 other teams in the NHL have interest in the two star players, Benning is the only one to this point to mention them specifically by name and that's landed him in a bit of hot water. And while you can appreciate Benning's candour on this topic from a fan's perspective, much of what he said falls under the distinction of tampering.