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Canucks draft projected 2024 first overall pick Macklin Celebrini’s brother Aiden

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David Quadrelli
7 months ago
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The Canucks are playing the long game. The long game to eventually land both Connor Bedard and Macklin Celebrini in free agency, that is. Bedard went first overall this year, and Macklin Celebrini, another local product who grew up a Canucks fan, is projected to go first overall next year.
Barring disaster, the Canucks won’t have a shot at landing Celebrini next year, but they did grab his brother moments ago in the sixth round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
Aiden Celebrini is a right shot defenceman who put up five goals and 16 assists through 47 games played with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League last season.
Here’s what CanucksArmy’s prospect guru Chris Faber — who is on the draft floor in Nashville right now — had to say about the pick of Celebrini over on his live blog:
Celebrini is off to Boston University and will join Tom Willander as well as his brother, and projected first overall selection of the 2024 draft, Macklin Celebrini.
Aiden Celebrini is a solid skater, he plays with above-average physically, and just in general, we like this pick. There’s obviously a connection there with his father formerly working for the Canucks. It’s a solid selection in the sixth round but was not much of a home run swing for sure. Celebrini felt like a seventh-round pick but the Canucks went with the right-shot defenceman in the sixth round.
Aiden and Macklin are the sons of Rick Celebrini, who used to work for the Canucks as the director of rehabilitation. Celebrini left the Vancouver Canucks for the Golden State Warriors nearly four years ago to continue his passion for the prevention and rehabilitation of soft-tissue injuries.
Rounds 2-7 have been flying so far, and you can read more about the Canucks’ selections in the third round by clicking here and their fourth round selections by clicking here.
That does it for all of the Canucks’ picks today! Check out Faber’s now completed live blog for analysis on each pick, and stay tuned for lots more to come in the next couple of days!

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