Canucks Day 1 Draft Recap: All Quiet on the Western Front

Rhys Jessop
June 26 2015 10:55PM

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For a while, it looked as if today could've been an extremely busy day for the Vancouver Canucks. A Kevin Bieksa deal looked imminent, Eddie Lack may have been on his way out, and even Milan Lucic rumours were beginning to swirl. Instead, GM Jim Benning and the rest of his crew has as nondescript a day as you can at the draft, simply making their first round selection and moving on.

We'll have a look at all of today's events as well as what we can expect going in to tomorrow after the jump.

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INFOGRAPHIC: who is Canucks 1st round pick Brock Boeser?

Matthew Henderson
June 26 2015 10:00PM

Just who is Brock Boeser? Get to know the Canucks' newest prospect with our infographic after the jump.

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First Look: Canucks Draft Brock Boeser 23rd Overall

Rhys Jessop
June 26 2015 08:29PM

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While not an off the board pick, the Canucks went a little off the radar, selecting goal-scoring right winger Brock Boeser out of the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks with their first round pick, 23rd overall.

Boeser has a good set of skills, and is a pretty complete offensive player. In our estimation, he wasn't the best player available, but he's still a very good prospect and could prove to be a solid complimentary player for the Canucks. They could have done far worse.

Read past the jump for our first impressions of Vancouver's newest prospect.

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Canucks select Brock Boeser with 23rd overall pick

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 07:50PM

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The Vancouver Canucks selected hard-nosed scoring forward Brock Boeser from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL with the 23rd overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft.

Boeser will head to the University of North Dakota next season, but he was extremely impressive in his age 17 season in the USHL, scoring 35 goals in 57 games and tallying 68 total points. He also lit up the Ivan Hlinka tournament with six goals in eight games.

At six-foot-one and 191 pounds, Boeser isn't a behemoth, but he's thick and possesses a versatile offensive tool kit. Over 40 percent of the 17-year-olds who were a similar build and scored at a similar rate in the USHL managed to play over 200 games in the NHL, and forwards Kyle Okposo and Justin Abdelkader are included among his comparables.  

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Report: Long-awaited Canucks-Sharks Kevin Bieksa trade hits a snag

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 03:43PM

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The general problem with attempting to deal players who have contractual trade protection is that the deals become three-dimensional in nature. It's not Kevin Bieksa who is holding up a long-awaited trade between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks though, at least according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger.

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