June 30 2013 02:16PM
With the 9th overall pick that the Vancouver Canucks received in the Cory Schneider trade, Laurence Gilman, Mike Gillis & Co. went off the board to select Bo Horvat of the London Knights, the highly-ranked centreman that's played on back-to-back OHL Championship teams.
Horvat was ranked No. 15 in Central Scouting so the pick seems to be a little off the board, but after a strong Memorial Cup, there was a lot of talk that him and teammate Max Domi could be picked in the low teens of this draft. Gillis eventually spent the highest pick he's ever had on Horvat, who is a pretty good two-way centreman that's been a key player for the Knights in their Memorial Cup runs both as a 17- and a 18-year-old, which is fun.
June 30 2013 02:05PM
The Canucks have acquired the 9th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft in exchange, straight up, for goaltender Cory Schneider.
They then used that pick to reach and select London Knights forward Bo Horvat.
The Canucks had decided mid-week to deal Cory Schneider rather than Roberto Luongo, who had proven impossible to move over the past fourteen months. Patching up the club's relationship with Luongo will now take center stage, presumably, this summer.
Cory Schneider is a very safe bet to be an average NHL starter for the New Jersey Devils, and he's got a good shot at being a well above average NHL goalie with an outside shot of projecting as a true star. Cory Schneider will now take on the pressure of succeeding Martin Brodeur in New Jersey, and perhaps the Devils Hall of Famer can teach him a thing or two about handling the puck...
What a twist...
June 30 2013 01:35PM
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The 2013 NHL Draft is underway, and by all accounts, there should be a fair share of wheeling and dealing before all is said and done. With the Vancouver Canucks not having a draft pick - as of right now, at least - until 24th overall, much of the intrigue for fans is on the trade front.
Of course much of the focus has been on the two goaltenders the team has, with reports of Cory Schneider being "on the table" recently surfacing. However, as the trade rumours have really started to heat up, it has become abundantly clear that their puck-moving defenceman, Alex Edler, may very well be the team's most desirable asset.
More on A Potential Alex Edler Trade After the Jump.
June 30 2013 11:59AM
Do you guys need me to announce any picks at the podium tomorrow @VanCanucks ?— Strombone (@strombone1) June 30, 2013
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is only an hour away, and their is of course a high volume of trade talks and rumours floating around on the draft floor and in the ether. Let's round up the latest ahead of this years marathon, one day event.
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June 30 2013 11:16AM
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Hockey fans have heard a lot over the past week about the supposed plethora of goaltending options available to clubs on the market. On draft Sunday we've already heard that Sergei Bobrovsky is being shopped by Columbus (after he reportedly made a six million dollars per season contract demand this week), while Mike Smith is close to finalizing a six year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes worth 5.66 million per season (yikes).
Meanwhile after fourteen months of shopping Roberto Luongo, Mike Gillis may have finally found a team willing to have Luongo's life-time contract on the books going forward. Unfortunately that team is the Canucks. The Canucks are reportedly shopping Cory Schneider this morning, with the Oilers and a handful of other teams reportedly in the mix. Vancouver's asking price is reportedly, and sensibly, sky high.
Read past the jump.