June 28 2014 12:12PM
The Vancouver Canucks forewent anything resembling skill of talent in the late rounds of the entry draft, opting instead for size and grit by selecting Kyle Pettit of the Erie Otters and Mackenzie Stewart of the Prince Albert Raiders. Read past the jump for a look at these players and some thoughts on Vancouver's 2014 entry draft.
June 28 2014 10:46AM
We're at that point of the draft where the selections are being announced in a fast and furious manner, and a large majority of the names don't totally ring a bell. All we can really do is scrounge together as much information on the guys of interest from people that follow these sorts of things year round and not for just a few weeks in June.
We'll do just that after the jump, with some news and notes on Nikita Tryamkin and Gustav Forsling, the two newest members of the Vancouver Canucks organization.
June 28 2014 09:00AM
With basically the worst case scenario unfolding with the 36th overall pick and a desire to play a more "meat-and-potatoes" game, we were preparing for the worst. Instead, we at the Army were pleasantly surprised to see that the Canucks opted to trade the 50th overall pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for 22-year old Linden Vey.
And yes, a former Medicine Hat Tiger named Linden just swung a deal for a former Medicine Hat Tiger named Linden. Read past the jump.
June 28 2014 08:47AM
I think it's safe to say that on this platform we've been fairly critical of the way the Vancouver Canucks have conducted their drafts; both in the past, and as recently as last night's opening round. It's always tough to tell how much responsibility the general manager takes in relation to the rest of his scouting department, but there was a sense of optimism around these parts that Jim Benning's relatively impressive draft record back when he ran the show in Buffalo would come in handy. Really, it couldn't get any worse than it was during the Mike Gillis regime.
Three picks in, it appears that the optimism was misguided; a whole lot of those very same problems that have plagued them over the years are rearing their ugly head all over again. After playing it safe with picks number 6 and 24, the Canucks watched uber talented faller Ivan Barbashev get taken just three picks before they settled for a goalie. A goalie, from Boston College, playing for the Vancouver Canucks. This ought to end well!
June 27 2014 07:59PM
Not that I have a problem with Jake Virtanen or Jared McCann as hockey players, but it does bug me that the team has essentially become a public relations firm, eschewing more talented players on the board in favour of more marketable Canadian guys to try and mend the fences broken by Mike Gillis.
That was a long way to say "with the 24th pick, the Vancouver Canucks select Jared McCann".