Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after the final call at the NHL Entry Draft Lottery for the 2017 Draft, TSN’s Craig Button put together a mock draft based on the newly selected order.
TSN’s resident draft guru and prospect expert, Button has the Canucks using their fifth overall selection on Portland Winterhawks centre Cody Glass after Nico Hischier, Nolan Patrick, Miro Heiskanen and Gabe Vilardi.
Glass, a productive, playmaking 6’2 pivot finished this season with 94 points in 69 games (32 goals and 62 assists). The Canucks have been scouting the Winterhawks extensively, and every indication is that Glass is the main draw.
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) March 21, 2017
When Button last released his monthly draft rankings for March, Glass ranked seventh. Whether by organizational need, movement elsewhere or Glass’ play in the WHL playoffs and U18 Tournament, Button has the Canucks grabbing him two spots higher at fifth overall.
— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) April 30, 2017