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.
June 25 2016 12:43PM
With the 184th overall pick, the Canucks selected a familiar face in Rodrigo Abols. Abols was invited to the Canucks' prospect camp last year, impressing both management and fans along the way. Unfortunately, due to the NHL's CBA, the Canucks were unable to sign Abols to a contract.
Abols was unranked by both Central Scouting and ISS in the final rankings. However, Abols was ranked 121st out of North American skaters by Central Scouting for the midterm rankings.
June 25 2016 11:39AM
With the 154th overall pick, the Canucks have selected Surrey native Jakob Stukel, a winger for the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.
Stukel was ranked 82nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting and 194th by ISS, so his ranking is generally in line with what you'd expect from a sixth-round selection.
June 25 2016 11:05AM
With the 140th overall selection, the Canucks have gone back to the well of defencemen and chosen Cole Candella of the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Ranked in the late third to fourth round, Candella is certainly closer to his projected range than Vancouver's previous pick, William Lockwood.