First Round Position: 22nd
Best Picks of last 3 Years:
Cody Hodgson (C) – 1st Round 2008
Michael Grabner (RW) – 1st Round 2006
Yann Sauve (D) – 2nd Round 2007
Sergei Shirokov (RW) – 6th Round 2006
Prabh Rai (C) – 5th Round 2008
Coming Down the Pipe - The last 3 drafts have not been very kind to Vancouver from a depth persepective. Having said that, they likely grabbed the most complete player in Junior hockey this year when they snagged Cody Hodgson 10th overall in 2008. Michael Grabner had a good playoff run with the Moose. If Sergei Shirokov leaves Russia in the next couple of years he might be intriguing after a 41 point effort in 56 KHL games this year.
Draft Trends - Vancouver has selected just one player from the OHL in the last 3 entry drafts.
Millard: David Rundblad-The Canucks have taken a D-man with their second round pick in 4 of the last 5 years. This time they do it in the first round and keep the Sweden sensation going out west with Rundblad who is a smart offensive rearguard.
Flaming: Landon Ferraro – The offensive local product is a fit on several levels and would add a couple elements to Vancouver’s prospects pool that is short supply; high-end speed and scoring.