31 in 31 Series: Vancouver Canucks 2018 Draft Review and Development Camp Updates

Cam Robinson

2018-07-27

 

 

Here’s a shocking revelation, the NHL Draft Lottery was not kind to the Vancouver Canucks. For the third consecutive year, the west coast organization saw its position slide in the wrong direction. This time they slipped from sixth to seventh overall after a late-season charge, fuelled mostly by the Sedin twins’ heroics, tacked on useless points to push them out of the cellar.

 

For the club with the fewest combined points since 2015-16, they’ve managed to select fifth, fifth and seventh. Not ideal. However, what they’ve started to do with those selections has to be considered a pivotal improvement. 

 

Last June, the team hit an absolute homerun when the nabbed Elias Pettersson as the third pivot off the board. At the time, some considered it a touch early to select the dynamic Swedish talent. Hindsight is making it look like he should’ve gone even earlier. This year, they had an opportunity to pick a faller and they didn’t overthink it.

 

Round One – LHD, Quinn Hughes 7th Overall

Jim Benning could hardly contain his excitement as he and the rest of the ownership and management group took to the stage in Dallas to select University of Michigan defender, Quinn Hughes. The 5’10 165lbs freshman was tremendous for the Wolverines and was the squads’ top player during a deep playoff run. He culminated his campaign with a strong showing at the World Championships where his speed, skill and confidence were on full display.

 

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Vancouver’s organizational depth chart was beginning to get a bit top heavy up front. They bo