June 28 2015 12:30PM
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Kevin Bieksa is still a member of the Vancouver Canucks following a stalled trade with the San Jose Sharks during draft weekend, but it seems unlikely that he'll begin the season with the club based on both the painful way this situation has played out and the high-level of interest in acquiring Bieksa around the league.
On Sunday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman shed some light on how the Bieksa situation unfolded - or, more accurately, didn't - and also reported that there are as many as 10 teams with interest in completing a complicated transaction for the veteran defender.
June 27 2015 08:23AM
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The second-day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft opened with the San Jose Sharks trading up from the 39th pick in the draft to the 31st by leveraging their 2016 second-round pick in a deal with the Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks then used that pick to select defenseman Jeremy Roy out of the QMJHL.
It was an interesting deal from the Canucks' perspective, and not only because it emphasized the high cost of moving up in a second-round that's widely seen to be loaded with talent. It's also interesting because it would appear to put the final nail in the coffin that was the widely expected Kevin Bieksa to San Jose trade, which reportedly fell apart on Friday afternoon.
Read on past the jump.
June 26 2015 07:50PM
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The Vancouver Canucks selected hard-nosed scoring forward Brock Boeser from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL with the 23rd overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft.
Boeser will head to the University of North Dakota next season, but he was extremely impressive in his age 17 season in the USHL, scoring 35 goals in 57 games and tallying 68 total points. He also lit up the Ivan Hlinka tournament with six goals in eight games.
At six-foot-one and 191 pounds, Boeser isn't a behemoth, but he's thick and possesses a versatile offensive tool kit. Over 40 percent of the 17-year-olds who were a similar build and scored at a similar rate in the USHL managed to play over 200 games in the NHL, and forwards Kyle Okposo and Justin Abdelkader are included among his comparables.
June 26 2015 03:43PM
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The general problem with attempting to deal players who have contractual trade protection is that the deals become three-dimensional in nature. It's not Kevin Bieksa who is holding up a long-awaited trade between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks though, at least according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger.
June 26 2015 03:21PM
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The dream of Milan Lucic wearing Canucks blue is dead, at least for this year, with the bruising power forward landing with the Los Angeles Kings.