5 Times the Vancouver Canucks Were Lucky at the Draft

J.D. Burke
April 26 2016 01:00PM

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Whether you're perusing the shady alleys of the Smylospher in forums or chatrooms alike - or catching up on the latest John Garrett article - there's always an impending sense of doom attached to the Vancouver Canucks.

Though much of this is attached to the on-ice product and the forty-plus years of futility attached, it's been similarly tinted by the events that followed them off the ice, too. It's easy enough to find a starting point. Look at their inaugural draft in 1970. One of two expansion teams (the Buffalo Sabres being the other) Vancouver lost out on the first overall selection and Gilbert Perrault, settling for Dale Tallon at second.

This city still hasn't forgiven the league for that one. There've been plenty of good moment too, though. I've captured the five best and luckiest, on the other side of the jump. Let's get to it.

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Canucks Army Year In Review: Derek Dorsett

Tyler Horsfall
April 26 2016 11:00AM

In the first year of a four-year, $10.6 million contract, Derek Dorsett continued along his career path of being a unique combination of punching faces while being an average fourth liner.

Originally brought in to "rub shoulders" with their younger players, Dorsett had plenty of opportunities to do that this year. The Canucks saw nine players make their NHL debut this year, and having Dorsett there to mentor and protect the young guns has its merits. Dorsett had 11 fights this season, and per www.HockeyFights.com voting, he won two of them. While there are many concerns over Dorsett's contract, there is no doubting that he proved his value to management with his grit and character while chipping in with the bottom six.

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Lower ranked draft eligible players who showed well at U18 in North Dakota

Ryan Biech
April 26 2016 09:00AM

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The 2016 IIHF U18 World Hockey Championships came to a conclusion Sunday, with Jesse Puljujarvi recording a hat-trick to put a bow on Finlands 6-1 victory over Sweden for the gold medal.

That was enough to cement Puljujarvi's status as a top prospect in the minds of NHL teams and scouts alike heading into the draft this June. And while he stole the spotlight with his final game showing, there were terrific performances abound from this tournament - including players much lower on the ranking totem pole.

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has said in the past that he places a large amount of emphasis on international tournaments when making draft selections. Dmitry Zhukenov, Lukas Jasek and Guillaume Brisebois - all mid-round picks from last year's draft - had varying amounts of success at the 2015 U18 tournament in Switzerland, but clearly enough to catch Benning's eye.

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: April 25th

J.D. Burke
April 25 2016 07:00PM

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It's a good time of year to be a hockey fan. NHL playoffs and the U18 World Hockey Championships? Yes, please. Oh, and the draft lottery this Friday. That's especially important for us Canucks fans.

But back to the non-Canucks hockey. How excited is everyone for a Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals match in the second-round? Or game seven between the Chicago Blackhawks and St Louis Blues? Maybe hockey would be better without the Canucks all the time. There are days...

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Canucks Army Year In Review: Alex Burrows

Jeff Veillette
April 25 2016 04:35PM

If this is the end for Alex Burrows in Vancouver, it was a hell of a run. The man who many refer to as "Ball Hockey Gretzky" has brought the Canucks some of their best moments of the Salary Cap Era while creating one of the better come-up stories around in the process. This year, however, you could see the wheels slowly but surely coming off of what has been a stellar career, which may lead to his time in the rebuilding organization coming to a close. Let's take a look at the year that was:

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