Canucks use 3rd round pick on Cole Cassels

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 06:37PM

With their third round pick in the NHL entry draft the Vancouver Canucks selected Cole Cassels, a former teammate of prospect Nicklas Jensen and the son of former Canucks playmaker Andrew Cassels. Cole is yet another two-way centreman who plays in the OHL, bringing Vancouver's tally of such players to two on the day. In a departure from the draft strategies of years passed, Cole Cassels is a 1995 birthday and only turned eighteen seven weeks ago.

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A Messy Resolution

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 05:41PM


Mike Gillis holds barely audible draft floor interview.
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I'll admit that I'm of two minds about the deal that sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils straight up for the pick that became Bo Horvat. On the one hand, a top-ten pick in a deep draft is a solid return for an unproven starter. On the other, this was handled embarrassingly by the Canucks organization, the clubs overall indecision on this front is not a good look, and it ultimately worked out poorly for the club.

Never mind that keeping Roberto Luongo was ultimately a necessity imposed on the team by the realities of the market, keeping Luongo and dealing Schneider was absolutely the right call from a "hockey value perspective." It's also a preferable outcome, in my view, to keeping Schneider and buying out Luongo (it's obvious now, also, that a compliance buyout of Luongo's deal was in fact a non-starter for Canucks ownership). But the internal logic of keeping Roberto Luongo dictates that you need to recieve a "now" piece in return, in my view, a piece that helps you win with Luongo in net during the teams current, evaporating championship window, rather than a quality future asset...

Whether it's the CBA that's to blame, or ownership, or poor management, or a bit of all three, this is undoubtedly a messy resolution to Vancouver's goaltending situation and a black eye for Mike Gillis and the team...

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Roberto Luongo Is a Player, Not the GM, Which Means That He Doesn't Get Consulted on Moves

Dimitri Filipovic
June 30 2013 04:22PM


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I'm not sure if you've heard, but the Vancouver Canucks sent waves through the National Hockey League and shocked many this afternoon after they flipped the script, and traded the other goaltender on their roster. I'm of course referring to Cory Schneider - you know, the guy that they seemed to be handing over the car keys to as the starter once they inked him to a 3-year, $12 million deal this past summer, promising him ~75% of the starts (according to agent Mike Liut)

I say that it was a shocking move because of how much time has been spent (mostly by Thomas Drance, with his Strombabble series) discussing potential Roberto Luongo trades over the past calendar year. From a strategic point of view, the move makes total sense. Based on his age and contract status, Schneider was viewed as a much more desirable asset around the league, which means that he would certainly net a much better return in a trade.

The exact return? The 9th overall pick (which was then used to select Bo Horvat), an apparent resolution to the "goaltending controversy" that the franchise had been mired in, and some much needed breathing room with the new salary cap.

However, as is often the case in the land of Canucks, there is still some controversy abound, as the soap opera continues.

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Canucks End Hunter Shinkaruk's Slide with the 24th Overall Pick

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 03:36PM


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The Canucks, having already picked Bo Horvat with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft, selected Medicine Hat Tigers winger Hunter Shinkaruk with their original late first round pick.

Shinkaruk is Vancouver's first pick from the WHL since 2008, though in other ways he fits Mike Gillis's usual "highly rated player who slides on draft day" M.O..

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On the Schneider Swap and the Horvat Pick: What Just Happened?

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 03:12PM


Bo Horvat chats with reporters after being drafted on Sunday.

The Canucks made a pretty major maneuver on Sunday, trading Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft, which they promptly used to select Bo Horvat.

Horvat is a two-way centreman and he described himself as such in conversations with the media following the pick. "I was really surprised it's definitely shocking sitting there," Horvat added, "but like I said, anything can happen." Well it's good that young Horvat is well prepared to deal with incredulity. He is headed to Vancouver afterall, where the most messed up thing imaginable is what one should always be prepared for...

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