June 28 2014 08:47AM
I think it's safe to say that on this platform we've been fairly critical of the way the Vancouver Canucks have conducted their drafts; both in the past, and as recently as last night's opening round. It's always tough to tell how much responsibility the general manager takes in relation to the rest of his scouting department, but there was a sense of optimism around these parts that Jim Benning's relatively impressive draft record back when he ran the show in Buffalo would come in handy. Really, it couldn't get any worse than it was during the Mike Gillis regime.
Three picks in, it appears that the optimism was misguided; a whole lot of those very same problems that have plagued them over the years are rearing their ugly head all over again. After playing it safe with picks number 6 and 24, the Canucks watched uber talented faller Ivan Barbashev get taken just three picks before they settled for a goalie. A goalie, from Boston College, playing for the Vancouver Canucks. This ought to end well!
June 27 2014 07:59PM
Not that I have a problem with Jake Virtanen or Jared McCann as hockey players, but it does bug me that the team has essentially become a public relations firm, eschewing more talented players on the board in favour of more marketable Canadian guys to try and mend the fences broken by Mike Gillis.
That was a long way to say "with the 24th pick, the Vancouver Canucks select Jared McCann".
June 27 2014 06:08PM
With the 6th overall selection, the Vancouver Canucks have selected Abbotsford native Jake Virtanen. Read past the jump for some quick thoughts and analysis.
Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 05:35PM
Welcome to the Nations liveblog! We'll be updating things here all night long as the action unfolds. Trades, picks, speculation and punditry will be the order of the day.
the draft is Christmas in June for most hockey fans. Especially the Nations collective since every single Nations club has a pick inside the top-10. Edmonton (3), Calgary (4), Vancouver (6), Toronto (8) and Winnipeg (9) will all come away with high-end prospects this evening. Unless a GM goes off board or trades the pick for some immediate help. Don't say it can't happen. We all know Dave Nonis is dying to flip Kadri and 8th so they can pick Nick Ritchie...
June 27 2014 02:27PM
With their 3rd trade of the day, the Canucks traded the 3rd round pick (85th overall) to the New York Rangers for 4th line forward Derek Dorsett. Dorsett is a Willie Desjardins favourite from his time in Medicine Hat, and this move is surely made to placate the new coach. Read past the jump for a bit more analysis.