Why Taking A Forward At #5 Is The Right Move For The Canucks

Jackson McDonald
June 24 2016 03:00PM

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*Author's Note: This article makes extensive use of the Prospect Graduation Probabilties System (pGPS). To learn more about pGPS, you can read our introductory post.

Now that the draft lottery has long passed, and the Canucks are guaranteed to pick fifth overall, all eyes have turned towards the draft, and which player the Canucks will select with their first round pick. 

Ever since the Canucks found themselves in lottery territory, it's appeared as though Benning has intended to take a forward at that spot. In spite of somewhat contradicting statements in the past, however, Benning indicated yesterday that he believes there is a "clear cut defenseman" that has separated himself from the pack.

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Tomas Fleischmann

Jackson McDonald
June 24 2016 02:14PM

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Tomas Fleischmann was a casualty of last year's relatively flat salary cap, beginning the season by signing a PTO with the Montreal Canadiens. He earned a spot out of training camp, and was an integral part of their unbelievable start to the season, scoring 10 points in his first 13 games with the club. Unfortunately for him, his production would dry up along with the rest of the team, and it would take him another 44 games for him to match that total. He was subsequently traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with teammate Dale Weise, where he was mostly an afterthought and was a healthy scratch for the final three games of the Blackhawks' series against St. Louis. 

The end of Fleischmann's season wasn't a memorable one, but he's still a useful player. Will the Canucks be interested? We'll take a look after the jump.

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Source: Canucks Giving Serious Consideration to Trading Down from Fifth Overall

J.D. Burke
June 24 2016 12:57PM

News is fast and furious as we near the final hour in the lead up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York. The Vancouver Canucks have connected themselves to nearly every marquee name that may or may not be available and that says nothing of the whirlwind rumours swirling around them.

The paradigm is slowly shifting to the draft itself, though, and the players that teams are aiming to select therein. Or even better still, whether teams are willing to retain their picks or jockey position in the hope of landing higher quality or quantity of selections.

According to one of my sources, the Canucks are active in these discussions as well. Though the price to move up to third overall has already been written off as prohibitive, it's sounding like the Canucks are very seriously considering moving down from fifth overall. 

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Canucks Army Draft Preview: Rumour Roundup and Inventory

J.D. Burke
June 24 2016 11:05AM

The moment we've all been waiting for is now upon us. The NHL Entry Draft starts at 4pm in Buffalo, New York and the Vancouver Canucks are set to pick fifth overall. With a little luck, they'll land a franchise player to build around for the foreseeable future.

Then again, with all the trade talk circulating it's entirely possible they're picking somewhere else. Or not even at all. It's the silliest part of silly season and at some point the swarm of moving parts settles. For the Canucks, who are adamant about their desire to compete for the playoffs next season, that might involve trading their fifth overall selection for immediate help.

I wouldn't rule out the Canucks moving out the odd contract to build on their dwindling draft stock. For Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, a master scout by trade, that could go a long way in meeting their goal of drafting and developing throughout their rebuild on the fly. 

Hell, just about anything could happen. Let's try and make sense of it, on the other side of the jump.

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Report: NHL looking at tampering complaint regarding Benning's comments about Subban, Stamkos

Thomas Drance
June 24 2016 10:13AM

The NHL is reportedly looking into a complaint against Canucks general manager Jim Benning regarding comments he made on Thursday expressing his club's general interest in Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

Benning is probably the most candid and accessible executive in hockey, which is to his credit. In this case though, his comments - in which he admitted during a TSN 1040 interview that the Canucks had called to inquire about Subban's availability and planned "to talk to" Stamkos following the draft - may have placed the Vancouver general manager into a spot of hot water.

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