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.
June 25 2016 12:44PM
The Vancouver Canucks used the second of their two seventh-round selections on overage winger Brett McKenzie of the North Bay Battalion in the OHL. Though McKenzie was unranked by most scouting organizations, the Canucks felt comfortable using the 194th overall pick on the defensive forward with size.