June 30 2013 08:28PM
Photo Via @Miles_Liberati
With their final pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Canucks selected a second London Knights player (in addition to 9th overall pick Bo Horvat) in American defenceman Miles Liberati. On a stacked London Knights club a season ago (a team that featured Tommy Hughes, Olli Maata, Nikita Zadorov along the blue-line) Liberati played sparringly, and recorded only nine points in forty-two games in his rookie season in Major Junior.
When Liberati did get an opportunity he showed flashes according to Corey Pronman, and he may have an opportunity to step up and play more often with Tommy Hughes graduating and Olli Maata likely in the mix for a roster spot with the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. Liberati is eighteen years old and was seventeen years old as recently as nine days ago, and he's also a CHL player who the Canucks will have to make a decision on whether or not to sign within by June 1st of 2015. As such he's a very un-Mike Gillis draft pick and bucks several trends in Vancouver's drafting habits over the past handful of seasons.
You can follow Miles on Twitter: @miles_liberati
June 30 2013 07:59PM
Mike Williamson is said to be big and strong (Spruce Grove Saints/facebook)
From Spruce Grove to Penn State: how you can cover all that territory? By selecting a college-bound defenceman, as the Canucks did with Mike Williamson in the sixth round at the 2013 draft.
A two-year AJHL veteran with the Spruce Grove Saints, 19-year-old Williamson heads to Penn State in September.
It's a pick much more in keeping with the 'draft older guys' philosophy that we've so much of from the Gillis/Gilman regime.
More on the 6'3" defenceman after the jump.
June 30 2013 07:27PM
The Canucks are pulling some value late in Sunday's draft, adding another intriguing player in big Swedish defenceman Anton Cederholm. Cederholm was the 25th ranked international skater by Central Scouting, and 90th overall on Corey Pronman's draft board. Cederholm spent the season splitting time in Sweden between Rogle's youth team while also getting into twelve games in Sweden's top mens league.
Read past the jump for more.
June 30 2013 07:13PM
Undersized, but strong, Subban works out at the NHL Combine in late May.
Screenshot via NHL.com
The Canucks have had some success in recent years drafting Ontario Hockey Leage defenceman in late rounds, with Frank Corrado providing the blueprint. On a controversial draft day, the club may have found another late round steal with the 115th pick of the draft: Jordan Subban.
Jordan Subban, whose eldest brother PK Subban is the reigning Norris winner and whose other older brother and teammate Malcolm Subban was a first round pick of the Boston Bruins a year ago in Pittsburgh, is an undersized offensive defenceman with serious wheels and puck-moving ability.
Read past the jump.
June 30 2013 06:40PM
TSN host James Duthie, who first reported on the trade and - apparently - also told Cory Schneider about the trade, spoke with Schneider via phone on Sunday afternoon.
Schneider spoke fondly of his time in the Canucks organization, his relationship with Roberto Luongo and 'hoped' that Luongo would continue to be the excellent goalie for the Canucks that he'd always been.
Transcript of Schneider's comments after the jump.