June 13 2016 11:00AM
As we approach the NHL Entry draft, a lot of focus is on the top 75 or so players, and rightfully so. Those are the players that teams are hoping to build their team around for years to come. But good teams make hay in the later rounds on dice rolls and role players to provide depth.
The key is to find value outside the first few rounds that other teams can't. The Canucks did extremely well last year with Lukas Jasek, Tate Olson, Carl Neill and Dmitry Zhukenov. Although it's still early, the value of those players exceeded the draft picks spent on them.
Using some of the newly developed draft analytics at our disposal, we'll try to find a few players that fit the bill going into this year's draft.
June 13 2016 08:00AM
For the majority of this season, London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi was in contention for the mantle of "best defenceman available" at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, duking it out with fellow OHL blueliners Jakob Chychrun and Mikhail Sergachev. Unreal performances in international tournaments drew a wealth of attention his way, and playing on the Memorial Cup winning London Knights certainly didn't hurt.
At the end of the year, with the draft fast approaching, Juolevi ranks as the third best defenceman available, according to our rankings. However, the situation is still fluid enough that he could go at any time and could very well be the first defenceman to have his name called on June 24th.
June 12 2016 08:00AM
Tyson Jost of the Penticton Vees in the BCHL is one of the most intriguing gambles in the middle of the first round.
Jost, like our 17th ranked prospect Dante Fabbro, was a member of the dominant Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Though they appeared the presumptive favourites as the playoffs started, Jost's Vees were ousted by the West Kelowna Warriors in the second round. One could argue the Vees were destined for a better fate, but there's no spinning their playoff loss as a knock on Jost, who led the team with 14 points in 11 games.
The bright side to their early exit was that it afforded Jost the opportunity to play for Team Canada at the U18 World Hockey Championships in North Dakota. Jost was able to use that tournament to assuage any concerns about the impact playing against a lower level of competition might have on assessing him, breaking Connor McDavid's tournament points record with 15 points in just 7 games on Canada's top line.
June 11 2016 02:06PM
When you think of Luke Schenn, what uniform do you picture him in? For me, Luke Schenn will always be a Leaf before anything else, but that's likely just due to the fact of living in Toronto during his early NHL years. For some, it’s the Flyers, but often many think of him as the steal trade of the decade that brought Toronto James van Riemsdyk.
Few think of him as an LA King, but it’s his most recent team he played for. For you, the answer may be different. Maybe you remember him as a World Junior player? A Kelowna Rocket? But for next season, will he be in Canucks uniform? Maybe. Does it make sense? Uhh...
June 11 2016 11:00AM
Petri Skriko, Winger, 8th round, 157th overall, 1981 Draft
The Vancouver Canucks draft history isn’t exactly peppered with Finns. Canadians and Swedes? Most definitely. Americans? Check. Of course, the organization has also selected its fair share of Czechs and Russians over the years. But Finns? The Canuck’s draft record is decidedly sparse when it comes to that particular stripe of Scandinavia.