June 24 2016 12:57PM
News is fast and furious as we near the final hour in the lead up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York. The Vancouver Canucks have connected themselves to nearly every marquee name that may or may not be available and that says nothing of the whirlwind rumours swirling around them.
The paradigm is slowly shifting to the draft itself, though, and the players that teams are aiming to select therein. Or even better still, whether teams are willing to retain their picks or jockey position in the hope of landing higher quality or quantity of selections.
According to one of my sources, the Canucks are active in these discussions as well. Though the price to move up to third overall has already been written off as prohibitive, it's sounding like the Canucks are very seriously considering moving down from fifth overall.
June 24 2016 11:05AM
The moment we've all been waiting for is now upon us. The NHL Entry Draft starts at 4pm in Buffalo, New York and the Vancouver Canucks are set to pick fifth overall. With a little luck, they'll land a franchise player to build around for the foreseeable future.
Then again, with all the trade talk circulating it's entirely possible they're picking somewhere else. Or not even at all. It's the silliest part of silly season and at some point the swarm of moving parts settles. For the Canucks, who are adamant about their desire to compete for the playoffs next season, that might involve trading their fifth overall selection for immediate help.
I wouldn't rule out the Canucks moving out the odd contract to build on their dwindling draft stock. For Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, a master scout by trade, that could go a long way in meeting their goal of drafting and developing throughout their rebuild on the fly.
Hell, just about anything could happen. Let's try and make sense of it, on the other side of the jump.
June 24 2016 10:13AM
The NHL is looking at a complain of tampering after what #canucks Jim Benning said yesterday regarding Steven Stamkos and PK Subban.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 24, 2016
The NHL is reportedly looking into a complaint against Canucks general manager Jim Benning regarding comments he made on Thursday expressing his club's general interest in Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.
Benning is probably the most candid and accessible executive in hockey, which is to his credit. In this case though, his comments - in which he admitted during a TSN 1040 interview that the Canucks had called to inquire about Subban's availability and planned "to talk to" Stamkos following the draft - may have placed the Vancouver general manager into a spot of hot water.
June 24 2016 09:05AM
Photo Credit: Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY – Does Dave Cameron have the inside track to join the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant coach?
The career coach is out of work after being fired by the Ottawa Senators in April. He has a wealth of experience as both a head coach and an assistant in the National Hockey League. And, perhaps most importantly, he has served as Willie Desjardins’ right hand man once before.
June 24 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks have the fifth overall selection in this year's draft, which is the highest such selection since snagging the Sedins in 1999. So understandably, the organization and their fans alike are abuzz with the news.
Part of the fun is figuring out how to spend that pick. Or better still, how the Canucks will spend the selection. To the Canucks credit, they've been relatively open about their intentions at the draft. If you follow the cookie crumb trail, you can see the players they've fallen in and out of love with at that spot.
I remember a time when Jakob Chychrun was their guy. From what I can gather now, he's not even in their top three... defenceman. The organization loves Olli Juolevi, though. So too do they appear to covet Pierre-Luc Dubois, a player that Canucks General Manager Jim Benning scouted extensively before going to the U18 World Hockey Championships. I've never bought into their interest in Matthew Tkachuk personally, but everything they've said publically suggests he's another player they're considering.
The Canucks may be short on draft picks, but they certainly aren't short on options. To try and clear the air, let's see where the experts have them landing in Buffalo.