Canucks 2013 NHL Draft Preview: Fishing Holes

Thomas Drance
June 24 2013 03:57PM


Conventional wisdom dictates that Mike Gillis has a better record fishing than drafting.
Image via @GMMikeGillis.

Six days from now the NHL Draft will unfold in Newark, and for a variety of reasons it promises to be a memorable, fascinating and extraordinarily hectic day. The draft will take place, all seven rounds of it, on June 30th and most prospect writers, scouts and others in the industry agree that the talent level of the 2013 draft class is through the roof. Between the wash of talent available through the draft and the relative lack of quality free-agents coming to market on July 5th, the 2013 NHL entry draft has the potential to be an especially busy day for player transactions. Sounds fun, right?

Over the coming week we'll be rolling out our draft preview coverage series. Some of our preview posts will evaluate the upcoming draft class while others will take a more detailed, analytical look at Mike Gillis's drafting record and tendencies. Last year we did a post on Mike Gillis's "fishing holes", and we'll update that work there today. The concept of "fishing holes" was first introduced to me by Scott Reynolds, but the phrase was originally minted by our pal (and boss) Kent Wilson, who explained "fishing holes" as such:

Clubs [may] develop what I call "fishing holes", by which I mean they concentrate their scouting in certain amateur/developmental leagues (for the Flames, it's the WHL/CHL) - they can become familiar with the relative degree and value of the competition and therefore can more capably gauge a prospects level of performance.

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Chris Tanev signs up an agent; contract next?

Patrick Johnston
June 24 2013 03:23PM

Chris Tanev
Chris Tanev is on the verge of re-upping with the Canucks (photo: Loxy!!/Flickr cc)

Jim Jamieson of The Province reported Monday morning that wunderkind Canucks defenceman had passed on Cam Charron as a potential agent, choosing instead to go with a true professional, Ross Gurney.

Gurney is Duncan Keith's agent, among others.

A few thoughts, after the jump.

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Tortorella Reax

Thomas Drance
June 24 2013 09:55AM


John Tortorella is a dog person so he's alright by me.
Image via SNYrangersblog.com

I spent the weekend drinking, moving and spending quality time with loved ones in anticipation of a grueling two week hockey news gaunlet; an onslaught that will include the awarding of the Stanley Cup, the naming of a new Canucks coach, the opening of the buyout window, the one-day marathon NHL draft, and free-agency too.

It's that the news cycle stops for no man, so let's get back on our Tortroella grind (insert "hot dad joke" here), and round up the reactions to the hire from across the hockey world.

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Gillis Speaks: Hiring a Coach (Probably Tortorella) "Shouldn't take us much longer"

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 05:13PM

To cap a zany day - one that started with Vancouver's former coach being introduced in New York and culminated with New York's former coach (and rumoured Canucks coach-elect) John Tortorella being mobbed at the airport by Vancouver sports reporters - Mike Gillis joined BMac and Taylor on the Team1040.

The Canucks General Manager avoided confirming reports that John Tortorella is his choice to be Vancouver's bench boss, but he didn't deny it outright either. Based on Gillis's non-denial, the multiple sources reporting that Tortorella is the guy, and absent reports of John Stevens rushing to Vancouver for a last minute summit with Canucks brass - I think we can say with some, but not complete, confidence that John Tortorella will be the seventeenth head coach in Canucks history. Which raises a variety of pertinent questions...

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Welcome to Vancouver, Mr. Tortorella

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 03:13PM

Will John Tortorella work out in Vancouver? Is he precisely the sort of hard driving, bombastic motviator the Canucks need to get them over the hump? Or will he alienate a veteran team? 

I have no godly idea, but one thing is for certain: this is going to be an incredible gong show. In fact it already is.

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