WWYDW: With the Fifth Overall Pick…

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The draft has come and passed and wouldn’t you know it, the Vancouver Canucks took home six new prospects. At the top of the order, Olli Juolevi, taken fifth overall.

There’s the answer to a question that’s been on the minds of Canucks fans since April 29th. Of course, it just as easily could have gone any number of different ways. The thing about that pick was that it was definitely open to scout’s interpretation. That is, you could justify any number of players with the fifth overall selection.

So, I’m asking you, knowing full well how the first four selections shook out — Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Jesse Puljujarvi — how you would’ve handled the fifth overall selection. Get creative. You can trade down, or even trade the pick. Or you can use it on any other player you prefer.

Last week I asked: Sweet nothing. I totally forgot about What Would You Do Wednesday.



  • Peachy

    I would have traded down 1 spot (with CGY in exchange for a second round pick, which they could have spared), and gambled that OJ would still be there at 6 (a very high probability I think), and if not, been very happy with Tkachuk.

    • Riley Miner

      That’s assuming Calgary thought it was worth it to trade up, giving a second. Apparently they were pretty happy with Juolevi at 6 so what’s the pressure? They knew the Canucks had a need at D, it’s not a secret. I doubt they would have done that deal.

  • Rolland

    I would have managed assets better over the past two season and avoided bad contracts.

    I would have used the extra assets pissed away plus the ample cap space to swap into Columbus’ 3rd spot, taking Hartnell off their hands at the same time to make it more enticing.

    But, that’s being too negative, right?

  • Rolland

    I would have flipped pick 5 with CBJ for pick 3. CBJ did say they were not asking for much when they were asked about trading down. So, maybe you offer to take on one of CBJ’s undesirable contracts (Tyutin?).

    I would have put Edler in play as well and seen if Edm would’ve traded pick 4, Oilers 2nd round pick + Draisaitl for Edler and our 2017 1st round pick.

    That would have let us walk away with Puljujarvi and OJ or PLD plus Drai and whatever the 2nd would have yielded (Tyler Benson?).

    • JuiceBox

      “I would have flipped pick 5 with CBJ for pick 3. CBJ did say they were not asking for much when they were asked about trading down. So, maybe you offer to take on one of CBJ’s undesirable contracts (Tyutin?)”

      – JB told the media that he explored the #3 pick and the price was way too high and that there is no way he was going for it.

      “I would have put Edler in play as well and seen if Edm would’ve traded pick 4, Oilers 2nd round pick + Draisaitl for Edler and our 2017 1st round pick.”

      – Edler has said OVER AND OVER AND OVER that he is NOT WAIVING HIS NTC.

      Do you not pay attention to anything that goes on around here?

      • detox

        “Do you not pay attention to anything that goes on around here?”

        regarding Edler’s NTC, Bieksa said he wasn’t willing to waive and eventually did…

        But, I have a feeling when the Sedins contract is up, and if they retire, Edler might go home too.

    • pheenster

      I don’t know why I’m even wasting the time to post here, but it really annoys me when I see drivel like this!

      Let’s start with CBJ. They just bought out Tyutin, so offering to take him off their hands (or Hartnell for that matter) would not have been even close to what CBJ was looking for to trade down to 5. Additionally, this is a complete fabrication–“CBJ did say they were not asking for much when they asked about trading down.”

      Second, if any EDM general manager were to have made your proposed EDM trade, they would be chased out of town with torches and pitchforks.

      Edler (a guy a couple of years into his downward slide) +
      1st round pick (2017)–you don’t know which pick it will be overall.

      for
      1st round pick (2016)–4th overall +
      2nd round pick (2016)–high 2nd-rounder + (!)
      Leon Draisatl (top three pick of a couple of years ago, who was demonstrated the ability to be a 1st-line centre.

      So, let’s call the 1st-round picks a wash (they aren’t because of the uncertainty of where the Canucks draft next year), and you get

      Edler for a high 2nd and Draisaitl? Does that sound at all plausible to you?

      • Riley Miner

        I posted an opinion. Just because you disagree doesn’t make it less fun to speculate. You may find this hard to believe but your word is not gospel…even if your mom says it is and says you’re special. You’re ‘special’ alright…I think you’re an idiot. That is all.

      • detox

        This, a thousand times. I love how the armchair quarterbacking is always all about “well I could have made a better trade by getting all these great picks and prospects for all of our crap”.

        Of course based on the trade that Chiarelli made today maybe…

    • crofton

      Assuming Columbus was willing you mean….plus get it through your head…Edler has a NTC! And way too many “ifs” …Gm’s don’t exist in a vacuum – would you make this trade if you were on the Edmonton side of the ledger? I kinda doubt it.

  • Bud Poile

    Trade pick #5 for any of pick #6-#8 and their 2nd/3rd round pick.

    Draft OJ or Sergachev at #6-8

    Draft a forward in the 2nd/3rd round with a high ceiling potential – swing for the fences!

  • Riley Miner

    Draft the best player available, Matthew Tkachuk, and get a good night’s sleep knowing that Daniel Sedin has a successor.

    Update: Trade 5th for Adam Larsson and the 12th pick. Then trade Larsson for Taylor Hall and draft Jakob Chychrun. Get a good night’s sleep knowing that you drafted a top-2 defence prospect, have a 1st line LW and not feel so bad about the Gudbranson trade.