June 26 2016 08:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks came to Buffalo, New York for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and left with six prospects they're hoping will develop into impactful NHL players.
The reception of those picks hasn't exactly been hugely positive, as some are suggesting, fairly, that the Canucks draft was, in a word, underwhelming. Overall, though, cautious optimism reigns supreme as most analysts agree the Canucks did alright. Especially with their fifth overall selection, Olli Juolevi. Beyond that, they made some intriguing gambles, betting on many older players with good skill sets, well-rounded games and lower ceilings than some of the available alternatives.
To try and parse fact from fiction and provide the most accurate and well-rounded assessment of the Canucks draft, I sat down with Shane Malloy, who co-hosts Hockey Prospect Radio on the NHL Network on SiriusXM and Aynsley Scott, the producer of that same show. Shane is as respected a voice in the scouting industry as you'll find and Scott's knowledge base is right there, too.
June 25 2016 06:14PM
BUFFALO, NY – By his own admission, Willie Desjardins didn’t have much to do during draft weekend.
The head coach of the Vancouver
Canucks spent much of Saturday’s second day of the proceedings in the team’s
suite, high above the draft floor at the First Niagara Center. Really, there isn’t
much for a head coach to contribute to the scouting side of things during draft
weekend and the only reason for being on site is to offer input into trades
that directly affect the roster he deals with.
Despite the speculation leadiing into the draft, the Canucks were quiet on the trade front and added just six prospects to their stable. But it wasn’t a lost weekend for Desjardins. Not by a long shot.
June 25 2016 05:24PM
Happy NHL Entry Draft Canucks fans! Now that the dust has settled, it's time for you to check back in to your favourite weekly column, Babych Please!
June 25 2016 02:52PM
The Vancouver Canucks entered the 2016 NHL Entry Draft with six picks to their credit and left the proceedings in Buffalo with just as many prospects to show for it. All this is to say that the Canucks left the wheeling and dealing for everyone else and settled in comfortably with the picks at their disposal.
Though they didn't necessarily swing for the fences with any of their limited shots, the Canucks feel as though they've garnered a good crop of well-rounded players that can contribute to their organizational health for years to come. Particularly with their fifth overall selection, which they spent on Finnish defenceman Olli Juolevi of the London Knights.
I would suggest, though, that looking strictly at their actions within the draft undersells the happenings in and around the Canucks for these last two days. Player transactions be damned, this club found a way to stay in the headlines from Thursday onward and don't show any sign of slowing down. It's a lot to keep up with, so I've done my best to procure all of it for you on the other side of the jump.
June 25 2016 01:11PM
BUFFALO, NY – It certainly appears as if the Dan Hamhuis era is over in Vancouver.
Canucks President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden all but confirmed that news Saturday at the completion of the second day of National Hockey League draft. Despite repeated suggestions from the hockey club over the past few months that there may be a way to resign Hamhuis, the Canucks have now informed the 33-year-old defenseman to be ready to hit the open market after six successful seasons in his home province.