June 27 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks added another six players to their organization by way of the draft on Friday, so yeah, that's neat. Of course, it's not the flashiest lot of players. Even their highest selection, Olli Juolevi, is renowned for his calm, cool and collected nature. He's unspectacular, but in the best way possible.
With a little luck, though, they might've secured another NHL player or two. The Cole Candella selection in particular looks like a steal at 140. And while I might quibble with the Canucks use of draft picks on overaged, unremarkable forwards, most of those picks carry a slight probabilistic advantage of making the NHL relative to where they were selected. Certainly not the picks I would've made in their shoes, but you can't always get what you want, right?
Anyways, there is the "tl;dr" of the draft weekend and my general feeling on the crop of players selected. Enough of my inane blithering, though. It's question time.
June 26 2016 02:36PM
It is reported that the Vancouver Canucks have finally made their decision on whether or not to buy out Chris Higgins and Alex Burrows. Per Matt Sekeres of TSN 1040 radio, the Canucks will be buying out Higgins and retaining Alex Burrows for the upcoming season.
By buying out the remaining year on Higgins' contract, the Canucks will have just under $11 million in cap space free for free agency. The breakdown for Higgins' buyout will see him count against the Canucks cap for $833,333 over the next two seasons, courtesy of General Fanager.
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!