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.
Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 05:35PM
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...
June 27 2014 02:27PM
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.
June 27 2014 01:34PM
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.
June 27 2014 12:34PM
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?