Three Prospects the Canucks Should Target at the 2015 Entry Draft

Rhys Jessop
May 07 2015 05:01PM

Yesterday, we began our offseason draft coverage by highlighting three players the Vancouver Canucks would be smart to avoid taking 23rd overall at the upcoming NHL entry draft. Long story short, while all three guys had legitimate upside and lots of things to like about each, there were too many concerns around them to justify drafting 23rd overall.

The best argument in favour of passing on this group has little to do with those individual players, however. When you're drafting, you want to derive more future value from your draft pick than anyone else can from any player taken after you. In other words, you want the best and most useful future pro available, so the best reason to avoid the guys we highlighted yesterday is that there will be players on the board that you should want more.

Today, we'll highlight three of these players and outline the big reasons why the Vancouver Canucks should strongly consider drafting each with their 23rd overall pick. Join us after the jump to find out which players the Canucks should target at 23rd overall.

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Babych Please - May 7th, 2015

Grainne Downey
May 07 2015 09:00AM


Dan Hamhuis, a dog, and Eddie Lack star in this week's Babych Please, which will hopefully distract from the "Do I cheer for Ryan Kesler or Mason Raymond?" dilemma that so many of us are currently facing. 

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Three Prospects the Canucks Should Avoid at the 2015 Entry Draft

Rhys Jessop
May 06 2015 09:00AM

With Vancouver's season long over and done with, we begin to turn our attention here at Canucks Army over to the next big event of the offseason: the NHL Entry Draft. Many of us here are of the opinion that the draft is the most important period of the season for all teams, seeing as it's the time when each organization's future is shaped in a significant way. 

With that in mind, errors and missteps at the draft can have some very severe ramifications down the road. For example, would the Oilers have been the laughing stock they were if they'd done what Montreal had in 2007 and spent their first three picks on Ryan McDonagh, Max Pacioretty, and P.K. Subban rather than picking up Sam Gagner, Alex Plante, and Riley Nash? I think it's pretty doubtful.

And with Corey Pronman releasing his final draft rankings yesterday (paywall warning), we figured that this is as good a time as any to look at three first-time draft eligible prospects that Jim Benning should treat with caution come draft day.

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Can Virtanen and McCann help the Utica Comets?

Thomas Drance
May 04 2015 12:12PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have loaned out their two first-round draft picks from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft - forwards Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann - to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, who advanced to the second-round of the Calder Cup Final this weekend.

Virtanen and McCann saw their CHL seasons end this past weekend when their respective teams were eliminated in the conference final by a pair of clubs that are probably Memorial Cup bound. Beating the likes of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Connor McDavid's Erie Otters is a tough task, but so is cracking an elite AHL lineup this late in the season. 

Can the addition of either Virtanen or McCann, or both, help the Comets in the short-term?

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Report: Oilers out, Canucks still in the running for Matt O'Connor

Thomas Drance
May 03 2015 04:31PM

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Hot shot NCAA unrestricted free agent goaltender Matt O'Connor, 23, had reportedly begun to narrow down his list of suitors and the Vancouver Canucks are still in the running.

The 6-foot-6 netminder is still talking to the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, and the Canucks, according to TVA's Louie Jean. That would imply that the Edmonton Oilers, who were believed to be among O'Connor's four finalists last week, are out of the running. 

Jean also suggests that O'Connor's choice hinges on which goaltending coach the young netminder's camp believes can take the young, undrafted netminder's game to the next level.

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