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CanucksArmy Monday Mailbag: The Draft, Trades and Chris Tanev

Which dmen would have to be off the board for Wahlstrom or Zadina (if he falls) to be a better option for the Canucks? — Shawn Finney (@7finney) June 17, 2018 I’m sure the comments section is going to love this answer — Quinn Hughes. Check out this excellent write-up on Hughes by CanucksArmy’s own,…

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Stick Taps: June 17th, 2018

Stick Taps: where I relay Canucks-related news and content that circulated throughout the Smylosphere this week. Rumours, opinion pieces, significant headlines and anything else worth noting to the fan base – I’ve got you covered!

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #1 Rasmus Dahlin

In the most shocking twist of these draft rankings, we have Frolunda defenceman Rasmus Dahlin ranked as the premier prospect in this year’s draft class. All jokes aside, Dahlin is in a league in his own for this group and will make his way to the podium as the first overall pick in just over…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #2 Andrei Svechnikov

In most years, Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov would be a de facto first overall pick. This isn’t most years, and the player ahead of him is a generational calibre defensive prospect, Rasmus Dahlin. There isn’t a single tool absent from Svechnikov’s offensive toolkit. He can score in multiple ways and threatens to regularly from…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #3 Filip Zadina

Firmly in the third overall spot is the Czech winger, Filip Zadina A dynamic goal scorer with fantastic skating skill, Zadina impressed throughout the entire 2017-18 season with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads. Sure, it’s his performance at the World Junior Hockey Championships that caught everyone’s attention, but he’s shined all season regardless of the stage….

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT RANKINGS: #4 Quinn Hughes

Let me be clear: there is nothing I am more sick and tired of hearing about than a player’s height. It’s exhausting, it’s boring, and in most cases, it’s largely irrelevant. Thirty defencemen scored 40 points or more in the NHL last season. 9 were less than six feet tall. Three were less than 5’10”….

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT RANKINGS: #5 Oliver Wahlstrom

The U.S. National Team development program has long been a breeding ground for elite talent and with recent NHL graduates like Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, Clayton Keller, and Matthew Tkachuk lighting up the NHL and presumptive 2019 first overall pick Jack Hughes waiting in the wings, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Oliver…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #6 Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Just outside the top five, we come to one of the biggest risers of the 2018 NHL Draft: Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi. I bemoaned the lack of respect Kotkaniemi was getting early on in the season (especially relative to fellow Finn Rasmus Kupari), but by the time the Five Nations and World Under-18 tournaments had…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #7 Evan Bouchard

If one can produce offence the way London Knights defenceman Evan Bouchard has in his OHL career, it would usually be enough to garner top three pick consideration. Nobody has gone that far yet with Bouchard on their board, but his season has seen his star rise as a legitimate part of the conversation in…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT RANKINGS: #8 Ty Smith

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there are no bad players at this point in the draft. By the time you reach the top 10 of any scout’s rankings, you’re talking about good players. That’s true of the two defensemen we just profiled, Adam Boqvist and Noah Dobson; and it’s true of…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT RANKINGS: #9 Brady Tkachuk

We’ve officially reached the point in our rankings where the lines separating one player from another become razor thin. As we round the corner past the top 20 and into the top 10, it’s no longer a question of whether or not a player is worthy of selection. Every player profiled from here on out…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #10 Adam Boqvist

When your game draws parallels with Erik Karlsson, you’re bound to generate hype. That’s been the case for Swedish defenceman Adam Boqvist, who’s hoping to hear his name called as the second blueliner after Rasmus Dahlin. The merit of those lofty comparisons to Karlsson makes sense when examining Boqvist’s raw offensive tools, but there’s also…