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3 Players the Vancouver Canucks Could Select 5th Overall

After falling three spots in the NHL Entry Draft Lottery, the Vancouver Canucks are in the exact same spot they found themselves in after last year’s draw. For the second consecutive season, the Canucks hold the fifth overall selection.

That’s a bitter pill for Canucks fans to swallow. Suffering through a 69 point season is bad enough — it hurts almost twice as much when another team swoops in and snags the reward for sticking through it. That happened three straight times, as the New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers won each of the first three lotteries.

Enough about the lottery, though. Let’s shift gears and focus on the selection at hand. To start, I’ve handicapped a list of three players the Canucks are likely to give consideration for when they’re on the clock at the NHL Entry Draft in June.

Casey Mittelstadt

Barring a significant change in the Canucks plans, I get the sense that if Casey Mittelstadt is available to them, they’ll call his name. The Canucks have a habit of telegraphing their decisions months ahead of time, and this has been especially true of their first round draft picks. Jason Botchford singled out Green Bay Gamblers centre Casey Mittelstadt in a March edition of The Provies, and the Canucks have been scouting him consistently since.

The Canucks realize they have an organizational need at centre, and finding one who can make plays in the draft will be one of the focuses.

They’d like a distributor to get pucks to some of wingers who they believe will be able to score goals on the main stage.

One they have their eye on for sure is Casey Mittelstadt, a gifted playmaker, and a scorer too, who has big NHL upside.

He’s prominent in the debate over the best centre after Hischier and Patrick, and right now I’d bet he’s the third centre taken and probably in the top 5/6.

The Canucks have every right to be interested in Mittelstadt, too. Mittelstadt has a dynamic skill set built on speed and a strong shot that he’s not shy about using. The only real catch is that the American centre showcased these skills for much of the year with his high school team in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Ryan Biech touched on that contentious issue when he profiled Mittelstadt in response to Botchford’s report.

In this, his draft season, Mittelstadt started with the Green Bay Gamblers, before returning to high school, only to rejoin the Gamblers again. It’s important to find out why he returned in his draft year. Luckily Mike Morreale on NHL.com spoke to Mittelstadt in November:

“I’ve played with a lot of those guys [on Eden Prairie] since I was 5 or 6 years old, and my youngest hockey memories are all with the same guys that will be part of our team this year,” said Mittelstadt, 17. “I owe it to myself and to them to go back and play one more year.”

Three days later, he played his final game in the USHL and headed back to Eden Prairie. Unfortunately, they finished third.

I tend to think that the concerns about Mittelstadt’s time in high school are overstated, though it’s worthwhile context, to be sure. Even in the USHL, Mittelstadt was dominant offensively and finished the season with the highest points per game pace among qualifying forwards. In 24 games with the Gamblers, Mittelstadt put up 30 points (13 goals and 17 assists).

Mittelstadt is committed to playing for the University of Minnesota next season. One scout I spoke with today suggested Mittelstadt will be an exercise in patience, as the pivot is likely two years of college and one in the American Hockey League away from the show. Mittelstadt just might be worth the wait.

Timothy Liljegren

While much of the scouting community is sending Timothy Liljegren plummeting down their rankings, the Canucks appear steadfast in their conviction about the Swedish defenceman. The circulating rumour is that the Canucks still view the divisive prospect as the premier defenceman in this year’s class and as someone who can quarterback an NHL power play.

Liljegren’s suffered through a trying season. Once considered a lock as the second best prospect in this year’s class, a battle with mononucleosis and the struggles that visited on his game have played a significant role in his plummeting stock.

Still, the same qualities that made Liljegren a blue chip prospect before this season are ever present. He still makes an excellent first pass, has great vision and can carry the puck exceptionally well from his own zone. Best of all, Liljegren meets Canucks general manager Jim Benning’s criteria as a power play quarterback. In 19 games with the Swedish Hockey League’s Rogle, Liljegren has five points (one goal and four assists) which is an impressive mark for a 17-year-old.

Though the Canucks need a playmaking centre, and it’s likely their draft priority, they could do worse than taking Liljegren in one’s stead. It would certainly make more sense than reaching to fill a need.

Seeing as Liljegren is a righthanded shot, one could imagine him teaming up with Olli Juolevi as the Canucks’ first pair of the future. Now that would be a luxurious defence.

Cody Glass

Another centre the Canucks have been keeping tabs on is Portland Winterhawks pivot Cody Glass. The dynamic, rangy centre has been steadily climbing draft boards, to the point where a player once considered by many a mid-to-late first round prospect could realistically have the Canucks call his name at five.

Glass is a skilled centre, with excellent vision, hands and anticipation. In 69 games with the Winterhawks, Glass scored 94 points (32 goals and 62 assists), and 63 of those points came at five-on-five, which is second to only Kailer Yamamoto among first-time draft-eligible skaters.

If the Canucks are looking for a centre to build around, they’re not likely to do better than Glass at their current draft spot. He’s the complete package. At 6’2″, Glass has the height to hold his own in the Western Conference and his two-way game is well developed for someone at his age.

  • Ranger2k2

    The Canucks not winning a single lottery was like getting a titty twister from the school bully after gym class, you knew it was coming, you were hoping it would be the other guy for once but even though you expected it, it still stung like a mother trucker.

    I have only watched small samples of some of the prospects listed by JD but I kinda hope they take Glass or one of the defencemen. Mittelstatd terrifies me, I don’t want another Patrick White and I also don’t want a Mark Jankowski (see John Weisbrod and Calgary Flames). Not getting a top 3 pick really really really hurts but I still think the Canucks can come out with a pretty good player. Hopefully one day the hockey gods can smile upon us for once.

    • Braindead Benning

      Good post…especially the titty twister quote…still super pissed losing out yet again…on a positive note, at least things doesn’t sting as bad as being sabres fan the lost out on a stud of a D-man and generational player only to left with a pouty coach/GM killer…totally agree with picking glass, he has size, right handed two way centre and judging by his stats he seems to be a good set up guy as well

      • Neil B

        The way you lose wars is to train to fight last year’s battles. If Necas was clearly the next best choice out there after Patrick/Nico then you might have an argument. BMA and all that.

        But there are arguably 3 defencemen (Liljegren, Makar, Heiskanen) and 3 C (Glass, Mittelstadt, Vilardi) ahead of him on most depth charts. We are relatively strong on the wing, and weaker at C and D for prospects. Why on earth would we take a pass on multiple BPA candidates in positions we are weaker in to take a player who plays where we are stronger? As an apology for getting Virtanen wrong?

  • Roy

    This is why I consistently critique “team tank” – it’s irresponsible, naive and counterproductive. I don’t think the Canucks intentionally tanked, but since it looked like they did, it will be fun to point out this mediocre pick in a mediocre draft year to anyone advocating a tank in the future, especially considering how many more points the Stars and Flyers finished with. 88 points and second pick. Wow. It’s fair, but I’m glad I’ve always advocated against tanking.

          • truthseeker

            because teams have very different priorities. Look…I’m not saying there isn’t a difference from a player at 5 than a player at 30….obviously. But the difference between the guys from (in this draft in particular) 3 to 10 or even 15, is hardly anything.

            I think most of you think Button’s or Mackenzie’s lists are like the only guideline teams use and that if a team goes “off (their) board” then it’s some how some huge surprise, and that the team’s making a mistake.

            The teams get MUCH more deep into the players their interested in than the “analysts” ever could. They interview these kids and get their feelings about playing in the market and a bunch of other factors. The teams will come up with many interchangeable options at whatever pick they happen to be at, that would make them happy. So sorry…to the canucks the difference between 5th and 7th is really not that much. They will have a range of options they like in those areas.

            I simply understand that these guys…even when they make the wrong moves….know a whole lot more about who they are picking then we ever will.

    • andyg

      I think we need to prepare for a full blown tank for next year. We are picking 5th so what is your problem. You new that the top 3 were part of a lottery and we’re a long shot. We need to pick in the top five next year too. Maybe we can end up 31st next year. Then we can’t drop no farther then 4th.

  • Gajic

    Mittelstadt is three years out and dmen take forever to develop.

    Another depressing thing about losing the draft lottery is another boring season next year with no hope or preview for the future. I can handle losing but watching too prospects develop at least gives some interest.

    Another year of finishing in the basement with no goal scoring and a buch of AHLers is going to be tough to watch. The Canucks are boring and boring + no hope makes it tough to be a fan.

      • truthseeker

        yeah no kidding. Canuck fans really make it hard to be a canuck fan. If they aren’t constantly whining about the state of the team their using hindsight to say every single move ever made is always the worst thing they could have done. The self loathing is just disgusting.

    • Fred-65

      There’s simply no doubt that had vcr picked 2nd O/A the rebuild would be a couple of year ahead. This a set back and trying to put lipstick on the pig does no good. The Canucks suffered a set back & to a large degree it is also financial damage. The fans will have to wait likely 3 years at least before the impact is made. Many fans will have forgotten many will have stopped following the club and many will have cancelled their season tickets. No matter how you couch this the result is bad and at many levels.

        • Fred-65

          You’re correct no point whining. But to permit this to continue does the league no favours. The first and primary premise is the draft is supposed to permit poor teams to improve and keep the overall standard at it’s highest SECONDLY, I repeat secondly they wish to prevent tanking hence the lottery. What has happened it has reversed the process. It makes better team ( Philly) better and poor team worse.

    • truthseeker

      you know a year ago I would have said it’s crazy to even consider trading Tanev, but now the way things are shaking down I think it could be a good option.

      Although most teams would want a bit younger D man, his ability speaks for itself and he’s not “old” yet. Flipping him should easily get us a contender’s best center prospect. Not a franchise center for sure, but someone with great potential to be a top line producer.

      D has so much value in today’s NHL and any contender would LOOOVE Tanev. Can you imagine him paired up with PK on the preds? Have they got any good C prospects?

      What Tanev won’t bring back is a young “franchise” center from any of the “rebuilding” teams.

      And I wouldn’t take anything less than a team’s best center prospect for Tanev. No wingers, no picks….it’s just not worth it. Tanev is way better than Larrsen and he brought back Hall. I’d rather keep Tanev than get a dime a dozen 20 to 30 goal winger. That just weakens us on the back end and doesn’t provide and significant value up front.

      As for Edler…I think that ship has sailed. D has a ton of value but his value has never been lower. It would be better to see if he can rebound and then see if we can get him to waive. At this point the value we could get for him wouldn’t be as much as the value he provides.

      • Dirk22

        You keep stating this thing about a ‘dime a dozen 20-30 goal winger.’ The fact the Canucks didn’t have one 20-30 goal W is a tad ironic, no?

        BTW – Nylander (the undersized winger) is 6’0, 190 – pretty much the same size as D. Sedin. Bigger than 3 of the top 6 scorers in the NHL this year, Kucherov, Kane and Marchand.

        • truthseeker

          Not at all… the canucks suck right now…..still doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of wingers out there scoring 20 to 30 goals. Again…go look. Go count the 20 plus goal scorers in the league. I bet you’ll give up before you get to the end of the list. It’s not hard to acquire them. And really the canucks do have 20 goal scorers. You’ll see them do it next year. Plenty on the team can reach that mark.

          And yeah….Nylander’s no Jake Virtanen….lol

          and ONCE again….you’re bringing hindsight into the conversation. We picked Virtanen. It was a good choice because we needed the size. I don’t care what Nylander has done. And I’m not going to write off a kid after only 2 years from a draft. That’s ridiculous. Just like the whiny hindsight fans.

          You like nylander so much go cheer for the leafs.

          • Dirk22

            When you make claims like “dime a dozen” or “undersized winger” or “hindsight” you have to realize you need some sort of evidence to back up what you’re saying. I’ll lay it out in point form for you.

            1. “Dime a dozen” – It took me less than a minute to count the 20+ goal wingers. There were 57 – so on average less than 2 per team. But let’s not understate what you said which is that 20-30 goal wingers were a dime a dozen. So let’s have a look – There were 32 wingers who scored 25 + goals. So about 1 per team on average. There were 17 wingers who scored 30 + goals. So about 0.5 players per team. Hmmmm.

            2. Who are the Canucks 20 goal scoring wingers? They’ve had two that have ever done it and they’re both on the wrong side of 30. Saying they have ‘plenty that can reach that mark’ carries as much weight as saying they will be competitive next year.

            3. “Undersized winger” – For one, Nylander’s not undersized. Two, small wingers dominated the NHL this year – Kane, Marchand, Kucherov, Panarin, Pastrnak etc .

            4. Hindsight – my old favourite. You’re obviously new here if you think the Nylander/Virtanen arguments are hindsight. Go back to the archives to see what was said leading into the 2014 draft. Watching as a fan, I would put that draft day up there as the second most disappointing day of the last decade.

            By the way I can’t stand the Leafs which is why I can’t get over the fact our GM decided to go with a poor man’s Raffi Torres over two top line wingers.

        • Bud Poile

          Baertschi and Granlund both on pace for 23 goal seasons before injuries,scoring 37 goals in just 137 games played. Both were picked up for a CA song and dance.
          Eriksson averages 22+ goals per season over his career and Daniel averages 23+.
          Both should bounce back next year.
          Boeser did a 36 goal pace and should pot 20 easily.
          Goldobin was on pace for a 20 goal campaign.
          There’s five.

          • Dirk22

            Bud – lord knows you’ve said some incredibly thick things on these message boards but this might take the cake.

            Canucks had zero 20 goal scoring wingers yet you claim they have or will have five? And you get there by extrapolating Boesers 9 games and Goldobin’s 12. No team in the league had 5 – 20 goal scoring wingers yet you think one of the worst scoring teams of all time will somehow get there! Please tell me you’re just trolling.

          • truthseeker

            wow…this dirk’s a real…..lol…

            Can’t seem to reply to him….did he block me or something?

            1. You’re changing the goal posts. I said 20 to 30 goal wingers. That’s nearly 2 per team. That’s a lot. You then cherry picked 30+ wingers to make your point seem more valid. Loser move. Hmmm….

            2. Bud’s point is totally valid. You claiming it’s not just because you think it isn’t doesn’t make you right.
            And only two who’ve EVER done it? Seriously? You’re going with that? Bo’s done it. Henrik has done it, Daniel, Eriksson, hell….even sutter has done it.

            3. Nyalander was undersized during the draft year and canuck fans were whining about getting size. My point stands and is totally valid. It’s just whiny hindsight morons.

            4. Yep…you go back and read what was said. Canucks are weak…they get pushed around in the big heavy pacific, they need size. Stop rewriting history. You’re practically a straight out liar. Whole fan base was whining about toughness.

          • Dirk22

            Take a deep breath truthseeker.

            20-30 goal scoring wingers was what the conversation was about. You initiated it so you should know. Somewhere along the line you got confused and started listing all the Canuck centres who had scored 20+…oh and then accused me of shifting the goal posts! If you think that wingers who score 20 goals (even though you said 20-30) are ‘a dime a dozen’ then you can have that argument. There were 57 in the entire NHL – 2 per team. Almost like first line wingers hey?

            Bud’s point is valid? There’s a perfect alliance! Remember the 2010-11 Canucks – y’know the best Canuck team of all time. They had 2-20 goal scoring wingers. Yet you and Bud see 5 within this version of the Canucks as ‘totally valid.’

            https://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/24/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-3-william-nylander/

          • Bud Poile

            Ten NTC’s and the league’s worst drafting record under Gillis gutted this franchise.
            It was going to take time for 18 year old draft picks to replace that dark void.
            Juolevi,Boeser,Gaudette,Goldobin,Brisebois,Rodin,McEneny,Demko,Virtanen and Subban will all push for jobs this season and Green has the mandate to integrate them.
            Over working veterans and risking injuries has now passed with Willie moving on.

  • TD

    Cody Glass please! 94 points in 67 games in the stingier WHL. His projections seem higher than almost anyone else in the draft, but the Canucks will have to wait for him to mature physically.

    Finishing last in the NHL means the fourth pick, second last is the fifth pick etc. It’s a weighted lottery with the odds against the teams. 2/3 chance for 4th or 5th means this result was predictable. Everyone needs to stop thinking they lost as it’s depressing and not accurate, they just didn’t win the lottery. I’ve never won the 50/50 at a Canucks game, but I never feel ripped off. The Canucks only had a 12% chance. The three lottery picks seemed okay when I watched Buffalo and Toronto deliberately tank and the Canucks were a playoff team, but now…

    • truthseeker

      yep! We finished pretty much where we were supposed to in the lottery. 5th pick will be fine. It’s all a crap shoot with these young players anyway. EVEN the Matthews and McDavids…there is still risk. Or have we all forgotten about Alexandre Daigle?

      People need to chill the……out.

    • Jimjamg

      To look at it slightly differently, we had a 2/3 rds cumulative chance to finish from 1 to 4 but managed to “beat” those odds to finish 5th where we only had a 1/3 chance to end up. So yes, our luck does in fact stink. But that’s not news.

      • Neil B

        Or that our likeliest odds were to pick 4th, and our second likeliest single result was 5th, so the draft system worked precisely the way it was supposed to work.

        And, honestly, we should just quit the kvetching. Arizona dropped from worst in the league to fourth pick. Their fan support was shaky at best. If they start out this season cold, this draft could end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back for their fanbase.

  • Dirty30

    Two things — one top pick isn’t going to change this team — the Oilers had five and stank … they signed a couple more, got a new GM and Coach to make a difference. (Their trolls still stink).

    Second, just as having the Goalie Whisperer has helped this team develop good goaltenders, having Manny may do the same for Centres.

    Third, I’m hopeful that maybe a trade or some respectable free-agent signings helps this team.

    Right now:

    Baer — Horvat — Boeser
    Sedin– Sedin — Goldy
    Boucher — Sutter — Erickson
    Gaunce — Chaput– ??

    Edler Stecher
    Gudbranson Tanev
    Pedan Subban Biega

    Markstrom
    Bachman

    Not planning a parade with that group but giving some guys more time to develop would make their chances of success greater.

    Let’s not forget that some teams are heading for cap trouble, there are guys put on waivers and there are free agents available.

    I’m really hoping Green doesn’t end up playing plodders like Willie did ad nauseum …

  • Rayman

    so, whoever they pick, we have to wait another 3 to 4yrs to see if he would ever make it, right? sigh…another lottery lost. maybe like my 10 yrs old son, i’ll give up this team and start cheering up Capitals.

  • Burnabybob

    The new draft system creates more problems than it solves. Canucks finished 3rd from last in 2016, 2nd from last in 2017, yet pick 5th both years. Meanwhile, teams like Winnipeg, Philly, and Dallas makes huge jumps in the draft. How is this fair?

    If they want to stop teams from getting multiple 1st overall picks in a short time period, why not just makes teams ineligible to receive it the first year after they win it? I understand that they want to disincentive to tank, but a last place team should get a better than 50% chance of getting the first overall pick.

    • truthseeker

      I disagree. I think they need to balance it even more. Every non playoff team gets an equal percentage shot and draw every single position. 15 balls in and start drawing. First ball out gets 15th over all etc…all the way down to the top pick.

      That way there is no excuse for not trying during the year. You have a bad season? Too bad. Manage your team better.

      I wouldn’t even be opposed to having the entire league draw for the draft order. Why should good teams be punished for winning? Let the Caps have a shot at #1 too.

      If you give loser teams 50% or above then you most certainly encourage bad management.

      • Van94

        the purpose of the draft has always been to create parity. for the most part it works. and dont worry five years from now Edmonton will have bad cap problems, Chicago is running into them now and they will get worse , the cap also promotes parity. I hope Bennings the guy to manage this team because taken together the cap and the lottery give all teams a fairly small window of time to be really successful. It takes good management and a lot of luck .We have not had a lot of either.

    • Smarttnet

      I totally agree. Think the NHL got this thing wrong, they’ve overthink to prevent the tank for one season. In the meantime, they need to help the teams that end up last position year after year. Ending up 3rd and 2nd from the bottom in consecutive years should mean your odds should dramically increase rather than a mere 12.1%.

      • Fred-65

        Here’s a couple of points about tanking or the consequences. Some teams simply suffer large injuries ( Vcr lost 460 man games ) some teams don’t have the same financial support, some teams travel a much larger distance, some teams have more back to back games. The very concept of drafts is particular to North America. In other sports jurisdiction they simply get demoted ie Vcr would no longer play in the NHL next season if it was run the way the worlds largest sport ( soccer is run ) The NHL/NFL/MLB/NBA is a large club, no demotion or promotion. They try to make every team competitive so that they sell all their tickets and have the same chance to make a profit …that’s what the draft is about…. money! In the case of the NHL it’s why officials don’t officiate … they manage a game. They in fact try to manage stupidity by clubs. It’s why lotteries are held in seclusion, it’s why big money is gambled on sports, it’s why the NHL has attracted so many very doubtful owners to it’s club. And it’s how Mr Betteman never strikes me as a lilly white man to run the league. 🙂

  • Steampuck

    Am I right in thinking that Mittelstadt has some similar attributes to Bo Horvat? In the absence of a generational player, Being able to throw two 1b/2a guys over the boards could go a long way to grinding down opposition in a few years.

  • Sandpaper

    Of the 3 above Cody Glass is my choice. Never again will we have to have the discussion is the glassame half full or half empty, because we will have a full Glass always.
    Liljegren is not very good, he looked brutal at u 18s.
    Mittlestadt is the same as Rasmussen, lots of PP points.

    • Giant-Nation

      I agree keep old system don’t let team draft 1st overall more than once in 5 year period – Some teams don’t actively tank – they just suck legitamitly and need help. Hope Canucks get Glass he’s going to grow has good upside.

  • I-dont-give-a-puck

    Those of you who want Glass be prepared for disappointment. The Canucks posted 5 prospects a week ago and Glass was not on it. They had Gabe Vilardi in his place. I would like to get Timothy Liljegren; however I feel the Avs will grab him.

  • El Kabong

    Canuck luck strikes again. Oh well let’s pick up the pieces and move forward.

    At this point I think the best move is to choose Timothy Liljegren and solidify our defence for the future. Obviously this group won’t accomplish much more than next year than they did this so let’s focus on getting our centre next year. Defense usually take a little longer to make the jump to the NHL so this would be better timing wise for the next young core.
    Also if we can talk Edler into waiving his NTC at next years dealing that could set up up pretty well.
    Now the big move is Tanev. I think he’s a great player on a great team, a good player on a good team and a wasted player on a poor team. His strength is defines and his specialty is blocking shots. On a team like the 2017/18 Canucks they will be bleeding shot attempts so expect Tanev to be injury more than not. If we traded him to a contender (the Blue Jackets would love him) we could bring in another high pick and a prospect.
    I want Vancouver to win a Stanely Cup and I would much rather a year, more likely two of serious growing pains while we accumulate the necessary pieces than to watch them throw away the future for less than mediocre results.

    • El Kabong

      Canuck luck strikes again. Oh well let’s pick up the pieces and move forward.

      At this point I think the best move is to choose Timothy Liljegren and solidify our defence for the future. Obviously this group won’t accomplish much more than next year than they did this so let’s focus on getting our centre next year. Defense usually take a little longer to make the jump to the NHL so this would be better timing wise for the next young core.
      Also if we can talk Edler into waiving his NTC at next years trade dealine that could set up up pretty well.
      Now the big move is Tanev. I think he’s a great player on a great team, a good player on a good team and a wasted player on a poor team. His strength is defence and his specialty is blocking shots. On a team like the 2017/18 Canucks they will be bleeding shot attempts so expect Tanev to be injury more than not. If we traded him to a contender (the Blue Jackets would love him) we could bring in another high pick and a prospect.
      I want Vancouver to win a Stanely Cup and I would much rather a year, more likely two of serious growing pains while we accumulate the necessary pieces than to watch them throw away the future for less than mediocre results.

  • justmyopinion

    As much as I hate getting the #5 when 1 or 2 would have been better..the lottery is what it is. It definitely negates the deliberate tanking so from that point of view, it definitely works! I suspect the Canucks are going to be selecting in the top 5 for a # of years after this anyways so perhaps one of these years, we’ll actually get lucky because that’s all it is..plain luck!

  • Mirk

    Pfffttt…. Dumb article without the mention of Michael Rassmusen. If the Canucks don’t take Rassmusen with the 5th pick, they are idiots. We need some real size and toughness. We have plenty of prospects that are smallish.

    • Mirk

      Have a look where the actual NHL has Rassmusen projected. He is #5. That isn’t the media or whoever making the projection. Pass on this guy and fans will be crying like they always do after we miss cue a pick.

      • TD

        The NHL Central Scouting puts out different rankings for North American, European, North American Goalies and European Goalies. They do not blend the 4 lists. While the goalies aren’t a factor at #5, the European skaters need to be factored. Rasmussen is 5th on North American list, not 5th overall.

  • FireGillis

    I’m VERY worried that the Canucks will draft middelstadt and and he waits four years and signs elsewhere. Who wants to play for a team where the entire league is against them?

  • TheRealPB

    This actually is a draft in which I think moving back a couple of spots (as far as 10) might not be the end of the world. There seems to not be a whole lot to choose between about 3-10. Best case scenario we get a gm as dumb as the Chicago Bears and get traded a boatload of picks to move back a bit and still get an equivalent talent. Depends on who’s still around — it’s hard to imagine that all four teams in front of us wouldn’t take one of those available D given their needs (especially Colorado — they have been crying out for a high-end D for a while).

    • TD

      Don’t trade down, hopefully this is where Benning proves his scouting abilities (although his top 10 drafting with the Canucks is not great so far). The difference between 5 – 10 seems like a crap shoot, but only some of them will develop into players while others will bust. Keep 5 where they can pick the player they think will be the best instead of what is left over when the other GM’s have taken all their picks. Benning also needs to take the player that projects to be the best. I would rather wait for Glass to mature than take a less talented but more mature Rasmussen now.

  • Holly Wood

    Casey Mittelstadt played High school hockey. Its debatable if the caliber of play is on par with Junior A played in the BCHL. Would be a safer pick to draft some one like Glass who played major junior. I know, I know there have been a few come out of high school and done well but they need play in tougher competition to be able to project their potential.