Now that the Ottawa Senators have defeated the New York Rangers and punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, there’s a little clarity as to team’s positions in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. For the Vancouver Canucks specifically, we now know where they will select with each pick they currently possess, one pick is to be determined, but the Canucks don’t currently own it.
With that, we’ll run down exactly where the Canucks draft in each round.
5th overall – Vancouver Canucks pick
Entering the 2017 NHL Entry Draft lottery, the Canucks had the second best odds to win a lottery. As we all know, the Canucks didn’t win any of the three lotteries and fell to fifth overall.
Last season, the Canucks possessed the fifth overall pick and selected Olli Juolevi.
33rd overall – Vancouver Canucks pick
Luckily the lottery doesn’t impact picks outside the first round, so the Canucks remain in the second slot of the second round.
With the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights to this draft, each pick is now 31 selections after the previous round. The Canucks held the 33rd overall pick last year but traded it to the Florida Panthers in the Erik Gudbranson deal.
54th or 55th overall – -> (to be determined)
The Columbus Blue Jackets owe the Canucks their 2017 second round pick or 2018 second round pick. Columbus has until June 1, 2017, to decide which pick it will be.
The pick will be 54th overall if the Edmonton Oilers win game seven against the Anaheim Ducks tonight. As the Oilers finished below the Blue Jackets in the standings, they leapfrogged the Blue Jackets with Conference Finals qualification.
The selection will be 55th overall if the Anaheim Ducks win tonight, as the Ducks won the Pacific Division, thus slotting after the Blue Jackets as Columbus did not win the Metropolitan Division.
This is purely speculation based on Trevor Linden’s language at the draft lottery, where he mentioned having ‘six picks in the top 120’. It’s fair to believe they expect the Blue Jackets to forfeit the 2017 selection. We will see what happens — and I could be misreading what is said –but it’s a reasonable conclusion given where the Jackets finished and the perceived weakness of this draft class.
64th overall – Vancouver Canucks pick
This will be the second year in a row that the Canucks will have the 64th overall pick. Last year they selected William Lockwood in the early third round.
95th overall – Vancouver Canucks pick
113th overall – ->
The Canucks acquired this pick in the Jannik Hansen deal they completed on March 1st with the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks received Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round pick.
The condition was that if the San Jose Sharks won the Stanley Cup, the draft pick would be upgraded to a first round selection. Since the Oilers eliminated the Sharks in the first round, it remains a fourth-round pick.
The pick was 114th overall but has moved up a spot as the Senators have made the Eastern Conference Finals and transferred to the final four selections of the round.
126th overall – ->
The Canucks moved their fifth-round selection to the Edmonton Oilers for the rights to defenceman Philip Larsen.
The pick was a conditional fourth-round pick with the following conditions (source: Capfriendly.com):
Condition: Becomes 4th round pick if Larsen maintains a 0.3Pts/Gm avg in 2016-17 (min of 42 gms)
Larsen appeared in 26 games for the Canucks during the 2016-17 season and averaged 0.23 PTS/GM. Thus the pick moved was the Canucks fifth-round selection.
157th overall – ->
The Canucks sixth-round selection was traded to the New York Rangers with Nicklas Jensen for Emerson Etem on January 8th, 2016.
The Canucks waived Etem before the start of the season and the Anaheim Ducks claimed their former first-round pick. Etem appeared in three games for the Ducks, was placed on waivers again and assigned to the San Diego Gulls (AHL) upon clearing. He suited up for one contest, got injured and didn’t play again for the remainder of the season.
188th overall – Vancouver Canucks pick
This is the first time that the Canucks have ever selected at 188th overall.
It’s doubtful that the outcome of the Anaheim and Edmonton game seven tonight will affect the decision of the Blue Jackets. So you don’t have to cheer either way, which may be a good thing given what happened to the Sharks this year.
Although the Canucks still only have seven picks, the placement of them is encouraging – for example last year, they only had two picks in the top 120, and only three picks in the top 120 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.