Canucks Draft Thatcher Demko 36th overall

Dimitri Filipovic
June 28 2014 08:47AM


I think it's safe to say that on this platform we've been fairly critical of the way the Vancouver Canucks have conducted their drafts; both in the past, and as recently as last night's opening round. It's always tough to tell how much responsibility the general manager takes in relation to the rest of his scouting department, but there was a sense of optimism around these parts that Jim Benning's relatively impressive draft record back when he ran the show in Buffalo would come in handy. Really, it couldn't get any worse than it was during the Mike Gillis regime. 

Three picks in, it appears that the optimism was misguided; a whole lot of those very same problems that have plagued them over the years are rearing their ugly head all over again. After playing it safe with picks number 6 and 24, the Canucks watched uber talented faller Ivan Barbashev get taken just three picks before they settled for a goalie. A goalie, from Boston College, playing for the Vancouver Canucks. This ought to end well!

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Canucks take Jared McCann at 24

Cam Charron
June 27 2014 07:59PM

Not that I have a problem with Jake Virtanen or Jared McCann as hockey players, but it does bug me that the team has essentially become a public relations firm, eschewing more talented players on the board in favour of more marketable Canadian guys to try and mend the fences broken by Mike Gillis.

That was a long way to say "with the 24th pick, the Vancouver Canucks select Jared McCann".

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Canucks Draft Jake Virtanen 6th Overall

Rhys Jessop
June 27 2014 06:08PM


With the 6th overall selection, the Vancouver Canucks have selected Abbotsford native Jake Virtanen. Read past the jump for some quick thoughts and analysis.

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2014 NHL Entry Draft - Nations Round 1 Liveblog

Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 05:35PM

Pick # Team Player
1 FLA  Ekblad
2 BUF  Reinhart
3 EDM  Draisaitl
4 CGY  Bennett
5 NYI  Dal Colle
6 VAN  Virtanen
7 CAR  Fleury
8 TOR  Nylander
9 WPG  Ehlers
10 ANA  Ritchie
11 NSH  Fiala
12 PHX  Perlini
13 WSH  Vrana
14 DAL  Honka
15 DET  Larkin
16 CBJ  Milano
17 PHI  Sanheim
18 MIN  Tuch
19 TBL  DeAngelo
20 CHI  Schmaltz
21 STL  Fabbri
22 PIT  Kapenan
23 COL  Bleackley
24 VAN  McCann
25 BOS  Pastrnak
26 MTL  Scherbak
27 SJS  Goldobin
28 NYI  Ho-Sang
29 LAK  Kempe
30 NJD Quenneville

Welcome to the Nations liveblog! We'll be updating things here all night long as the action unfolds. Trades, picks, speculation and punditry will be the order of the day. 

the draft is Christmas in June for most hockey fans. Especially the Nations collective since every single Nations club has a pick inside the top-10. Edmonton (3), Calgary (4), Vancouver (6), Toronto (8) and Winnipeg (9) will all come away with high-end prospects this evening. Unless a GM goes off board or trades the pick for some immediate help. Don't say it can't happen. We all know Dave Nonis is dying to flip Kadri and 8th so they can pick Nick Ritchie...

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Report: Canucks Acquire Derek Dorsett from Rangers

Rhys Jessop
June 27 2014 02:27PM

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With their 3rd trade of the day, the Canucks traded the 3rd round pick (85th overall) to the New York Rangers for 4th line forward Derek Dorsett. Dorsett is a Willie Desjardins favourite from his time in Medicine Hat, and this move is surely made to placate the new coach. Read past the jump for a bit more analysis.

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