Vancouver Canucks – August 30 in 30

Cam Robinson

2016-08-28

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While the Vancouver Canucks have taken a significant stumble down the standings from their days of winning back-to-back President’s Trophies in 2011 and 2012, their prospect pipeline has certainly been trending in the right direction. This is in large part to the hiring of oft-maligned GM, Jim Benning and a re-shuffling of the scouting department.

 

The career-scout has demonstrated a very keen eye for talent during his stints with Buffalo, Boston and now Vancouver. He has consistently unearthed talent from outside the top of the first round and even into the later stages of the entry draft.

 

He’s been apart of three drafts with the Canucks thus far, and its just enough time to fully dig into his first, back in 2014. There, he found Jake Virtanen(6th), Jared McCann (24th), Thatcher Demko (36th), Nikita Tryamkin (66th) and Gustav Forsling (126th) with his first five picks.

 

Even if you’re not a Canucks’ fan you have likely heard these names as Virtanen, McCann and Tryamkin have already seen time in the NHL; Demko was the best goaltender in college hockey and a Hobey Baker Finalist and the right-shooting defender, Forsling has lit up the WJC in consecutive years – now as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

 

Benning addressed a significant hole in the depth chart this past June by selecting highly efficient and skilled Finnish defenseman, Olli Juolevi with the fifth pick overall. The Canucks now boast a top end prospect in net, on the back end and a couple on the wing.

 

All that’s left is to try and find a suitable number one centre replacement for Henrik Sedin. That shouldn’t be difficult, right?


 

Prospect Depth Chart

 

     Left Wing                Center            Right Wing

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