What are Mock Drafts Saying About the Vancouver Canucks?

J.D. Burke
June 24 2016 09:00AM

The Vancouver Canucks have the fifth overall selection in this year's draft, which is the highest such selection since snagging the Sedins in 1999. So understandably, the organization and their fans alike are abuzz with the news.

Part of the fun is figuring out how to spend that pick. Or better still, how the Canucks will spend the selection. To the Canucks credit, they've been relatively open about their intentions at the draft. If you follow the cookie crumb trail, you can see the players they've fallen in and out of love with at that spot.

I remember a time when Jakob Chychrun was their guy. From what I can gather now, he's not even in their top three... defenceman. The organization loves Olli Juolevi, though. So too do they appear to covet Pierre-Luc Dubois, a player that Canucks General Manager Jim Benning scouted extensively before going to the U18 World Hockey Championships. I've never bought into their interest in Matthew Tkachuk personally, but everything they've said publically suggests he's another player they're considering.

The Canucks may be short on draft picks, but they certainly aren't short on options. To try and clear the air, let's see where the experts have them landing in Buffalo.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 24 2016 05:00AM

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Big week for the Leafs, should the Jets make a big trade, Flames hire new coach, is Marc-Andre Fleury a fit in Calgary, Datsyuk disaster in Detroit, 10 years since Oilers went to the cup final, Vegas expansion confirmed, official expansion draft rules, 2016 mock draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Benning: 'There is a clear number one' defenseman on Canucks draft board

Jeff Paterson
June 23 2016 06:07PM

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BUFFALO, NY – Despite efforts to move up in the first round of Friday’s National Hockey League draft, expect the Vancouver Canucks to head to the podium and use the fifth-overall pick they currently hold. 

In a wide ranging question and answer session with the media at the team’s hotel on Thursday, general manager Jim Benning discussed his draft plans and revealed that he had made inquiries about working his way up the ladder and has fielded several calls about trading out of the fifth spot, too.

“We’ve tried to move up, but it doesn’t make sense for us to move up,” he said. “I like being in the five hole. The cost of the trying to move up for us isn’t worth it.”

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Canucks' Jim Benning sets off fire storm, admits club has called to inquire about P.K. Subban

Thomas Drance
June 23 2016 03:50PM

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In silly season terms, this is as silly as it gets.

Following up on reports from TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, the sitting general manager of a team in a huge Canadian market admits on the radio that he's called to inquire about a super-duper star playing in another huge Canadian market. Even if Canucks general manager Jim Benning admitted that a deal was "nowhere close", this is sort of news that can shake the host city in the lead up to the draft.

And indeed it has. As I write this, every media luminary in hockey is loitering around the Hyatt Regency lobby waiting for Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to address the press. Benning's candid admission on TSN 1040 on Thursday has put the Canadiens executive in something of a difficult spot. 

Will Bergevin duck the questions and give us some "people call about good players and the only reason they're calling about P.K. is that his no-trade clause kicks in on July 1" boilerplate? Or will he admit that his club is at least considering the possibility of parting with a perennial Norris Trophy candidate?

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Chins Up! Picking Fifth Ain't So Bad

Taylor Perry
June 23 2016 03:00PM

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The date was April 30, 2016 – a Saturday. Like many Canuck fans, I was huddled around the television watching as Bill Daly unveiled, in reverse, the order of the 2016 NHL draft. When it had become obvious the Canucks had dropped from the top three to their most likely pre-lottery position of fifth, I immediately moved to console myself with the knowledge that, historically, fifth overall has actually been a pretty decent position from which to select. If the Canucks had moved up to fifth from a lower position, instead of two spots down, I’m certain I would have been elated rather than disappointed.

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