Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's Time For Benning to Shine

Well, here we go again. The Vancouver Canucks are picking Top 10 in the NHL Draft Friday night but for some reason, this time around it feels different.

For the first time since 2001, the Canucks won't have anyone bailing them out of jail. From 2001-2006, the West Coast Express line and from 2007 to 2018 it was the Sedin line.

Offensive talent such as Bo Horvat, Brock Boesser and Elias Pettersson give this team the hope that the fanbase has despretly prayed about for a long time now. That forward group has a supporting cast of Adam Gaudette, Jake Virtanen and Kole Lind among others.

The strong forward group has most fans and experts believing that the Canucks will be picking a Defenseman come Friday and fortunately, the Canucks will have a number of defenseman to choose from.

1Sweden Rasmus Dahlin (D)
2Canada Evan Bouchard (D)
3Sweden Adam Boqvist (D)
4  Canada Noah Dobson (D)
5United States Quinton Hughes (D)
6Sweden Adam Ginning (D)
7Sweden Filip Johansson (D)

The Canucks pick seventh, needless to say, that first one on that list won't be around much after the first pick. After that, D-Man two through five right now are tight. 

Theres a few forwards that if they fall down, I would have to consider taking them. However, building a D core is just as important as a forward core. 

This is the full list of Jim Benning's draft picks since he was hired in 2014:

2014 Draft[edit]

Rd #Pick #PlayerNatPosTeam (League)Reg GPPl GPNotes
16Jake Virtanen CanadaRWCalgary Hitmen (WHL)1380
124Jared McCann CanadaCSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)690
236Thatcher Demko United StatesGBoston College (NCAA D1)10
366Nikita Tryamkin RussiaDAvtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL)790
5146Gustav Forsling SwedenDLinkopings HC (SHL)00
6156Kyle Pettit CanadaCErie Otters (OHL)00
7186Mackenze Stewart CanadaDPrince Albert Raiders (WHL)00

2015 Draft[edit]

Rd #Pick #PlayerNatPosTeam (League)Reg GPPl GPNotes
123Brock Boeser United StatesRWWaterloo Black Hawks (USHL)710
366Guillaume Brisebois CanadaDAcadie–Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)00
4114Dmitri Zhukenov RussiaCAvangard Omsk 2 (Russia Jr.)00
5144Carl Neill CanadaDSherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)00
5149Adam Gaudette United StatesCCedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)00
6174Lukas Jasek Czech RepublicRWHC Ocelari Trinec (Czech Extraliga)00
7210Tate Olson CanadaDPrince George Cougars (WHL)00

2016 Draft[edit]

Rd #Pick #PlayerNatPosTeam (League)Reg GPPl GPNotes
15Olli Juolevi FinlandDLondon Knights (OHL)00
364William Lockwood United StatesRWU.S. NTDP (USHL)00
5140Cole Candella CanadaDHamilton Bulldogs (OHL)00
6154Jakob Stukel CanadaLWCalgary Hitmen (WHL)00
7184Rodrigo Abols LatviaCPortland Winterhawks (WHL)00
7194Brett McKenzie CanadaC/LWNorth Bay Battalion (OHL)00

2017 Draft[edit]

Rd #Pick #PlayerNatPosTeam (League)Reg GPPl GPNotes
15Elias Pettersson SwedenCTimra IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)00
233Kole Lind CanadaRWKelowna Rockets (WHL)00
255Jonah Gadjovich CanadaLWOwen Sound Attack (OHL)00
364Michael DiPietro CanadaGWindsor Spitfires (OHL)00
495Jack Rathbone United StatesDHarvard University (NCAA)00
5135Kristoffer Gunnarsson SwedenDFrolunda HC (SHL)00
6181Petrus Palmu FinlandLW/RWOwen Sound Attack (OHL)00
7188Matthew Brassard CanadaDOshawa Generals (OHL)00
It's been four drafts. His players are slowly coming up. I'm glad Benning is our GM. Picking in the Top 10 next year is likely unavoidable but by 2020, Vancouver should be at least a 500. hockey team. 

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