Canucks Draft Jake Virtanen 6th Overall

Rhys Jessop
June 27 2014 06:08PM


With the 6th overall selection, the Vancouver Canucks have selected Abbotsford native Jake Virtanen. Read past the jump for some quick thoughts and analysis.

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2014 NHL Entry Draft - Nations Round 1 Liveblog

Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 05:35PM

Pick # Team Player
1 FLA  Ekblad
2 BUF  Reinhart
3 EDM  Draisaitl
4 CGY  Bennett
5 NYI  Dal Colle
6 VAN  Virtanen
7 CAR  Fleury
8 TOR  Nylander
9 WPG  Ehlers
10 ANA  Ritchie
11 NSH  Fiala
12 PHX  Perlini
13 WSH  Vrana
14 DAL  Honka
15 DET  Larkin
16 CBJ  Milano
17 PHI  Sanheim
18 MIN  Tuch
19 TBL  DeAngelo
20 CHI  Schmaltz
21 STL  Fabbri
22 PIT  Kapenan
23 COL  Bleackley
24 VAN  McCann
25 BOS  Pastrnak
26 MTL  Scherbak
27 SJS  Goldobin
28 NYI  Ho-Sang
29 LAK  Kempe
30 NJD Quenneville

Welcome to the Nations liveblog! We'll be updating things here all night long as the action unfolds. Trades, picks, speculation and punditry will be the order of the day. 

the draft is Christmas in June for most hockey fans. Especially the Nations collective since every single Nations club has a pick inside the top-10. Edmonton (3), Calgary (4), Vancouver (6), Toronto (8) and Winnipeg (9) will all come away with high-end prospects this evening. Unless a GM goes off board or trades the pick for some immediate help. Don't say it can't happen. We all know Dave Nonis is dying to flip Kadri and 8th so they can pick Nick Ritchie...

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Report: Canucks Acquire Derek Dorsett from Rangers

Rhys Jessop
June 27 2014 02:27PM

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With their 3rd trade of the day, the Canucks traded the 3rd round pick (85th overall) to the New York Rangers for 4th line forward Derek Dorsett. Dorsett is a Willie Desjardins favourite from his time in Medicine Hat, and this move is surely made to placate the new coach. Read past the jump for a bit more analysis.

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You get a trade, you get a trade, and you get a trade! So do Jason Garrison and the Lightning

Dimitri Filipovic
June 27 2014 01:34PM

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This sort of black magic may be of interest to some.

I had initially written up a post about the rumblings that were coming from Bob McKenzie earlier today regarding interest both the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning had shown in Jason Garrison. The article was set to run just a few minutes before the news of the trading of Ryan Kesler came out, so we shelved it for the time being(*). 

(*) Roughly an hour or so, because that's exactly how long it took for the Canucks to announce their second trade of the day. A day that's still quite young, remember.

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Ryan Kesler and the Ducks both get what they want, but did the Canucks?

Dimitri Filipovic
June 27 2014 12:34PM

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The news we've been waiting on to break finally did, maybe somewhat ironically - considering the amount of digital ink that's been spilled on it in the past handful of months - a tad bit earlier than we would've expected, a few hours before the 1st round of the 2014 entry draft gets underway. 

After flexing his No Movement Clause muscles and limiting the trade market to just a few select teams, Ryan Kesler got what he wanted this afternoon with the only NHL team he has ever played for trading him to a division rival. Likewise, the Ducks got what they wanted; a legitimate option down the middle to play behind Ryan Getzlaf, solidifying what was a clear need for them if they wanted to truly have any shot of vying with the Western Conference's elite. 

They also managed to miraculously do so without parting ways with any of their top prospects, or even their top pick tonight. Which begs the question: were the Canucks the only one not to get what they wanted here?

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