June 30 2013 08:28PM
Photo Via @Miles_Liberati
With their final pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Canucks selected a second London Knights player (in addition to 9th overall pick Bo Horvat) in American defenceman Miles Liberati. On a stacked London Knights club a season ago (a team that featured Tommy Hughes, Olli Maata, Nikita Zadorov along the blue-line) Liberati played sparringly, and recorded only nine points in forty-two games in his rookie season in Major Junior.
When Liberati did get an opportunity he showed flashes according to Corey Pronman, and he may have an opportunity to step up and play more often with Tommy Hughes graduating and Olli Maata likely in the mix for a roster spot with the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. Liberati is eighteen years old and was seventeen years old as recently as nine days ago, and he's also a CHL player who the Canucks will have to make a decision on whether or not to sign within by June 1st of 2015. As such he's a very un-Mike Gillis draft pick and bucks several trends in Vancouver's drafting habits over the past handful of seasons.
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June 30 2013 07:27PM
The Canucks are pulling some value late in Sunday's draft, adding another intriguing player in big Swedish defenceman Anton Cederholm. Cederholm was the 25th ranked international skater by Central Scouting, and 90th overall on Corey Pronman's draft board. Cederholm spent the season splitting time in Sweden between Rogle's youth team while also getting into twelve games in Sweden's top mens league.
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June 30 2013 07:13PM
Undersized, but strong, Subban works out at the NHL Combine in late May.
Screenshot via NHL.com
The Canucks have had some success in recent years drafting Ontario Hockey Leage defenceman in late rounds, with Frank Corrado providing the blueprint. On a controversial draft day, the club may have found another late round steal with the 115th pick of the draft: Jordan Subban.
Jordan Subban, whose eldest brother PK Subban is the reigning Norris winner and whose other older brother and teammate Malcolm Subban was a first round pick of the Boston Bruins a year ago in Pittsburgh, is an undersized offensive defenceman with serious wheels and puck-moving ability.
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June 30 2013 06:37PM
With their third round pick in the NHL entry draft the Vancouver Canucks selected Cole Cassels, a former teammate of prospect Nicklas Jensen and the son of former Canucks playmaker Andrew Cassels. Cole is yet another two-way centreman who plays in the OHL, bringing Vancouver's tally of such players to two on the day. In a departure from the draft strategies of years passed, Cole Cassels is a 1995 birthday and only turned eighteen seven weeks ago.
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June 30 2013 05:41PM
Mike Gillis holds barely audible draft floor interview.
Video via @Wyshynski
I'll admit that I'm of two minds about the deal that sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils straight up for the pick that became Bo Horvat. On the one hand, a top-ten pick in a deep draft is a solid return for an unproven starter. On the other, this was handled embarrassingly by the Canucks organization, the clubs overall indecision on this front is not a good look, and it ultimately worked out poorly for the club.
Never mind that keeping Roberto Luongo was ultimately a necessity imposed on the team by the realities of the market, keeping Luongo and dealing Schneider was absolutely the right call from a "hockey value perspective." It's also a preferable outcome, in my view, to keeping Schneider and buying out Luongo (it's obvious now, also, that a compliance buyout of Luongo's deal was in fact a non-starter for Canucks ownership). But the internal logic of keeping Roberto Luongo dictates that you need to recieve a "now" piece in return, in my view, a piece that helps you win with Luongo in net during the teams current, evaporating championship window, rather than a quality future asset...
Whether it's the CBA that's to blame, or ownership, or poor management, or a bit of all three, this is undoubtedly a messy resolution to Vancouver's goaltending situation and a black eye for Mike Gillis and the team...
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