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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Read more past the jump.