Canucks weighing draft options, may trade their 25th selection

For the first time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks don’t own second and third-round entry draft picks and that could change their strategy with the 25th overall selection Friday in Los Angeles.

“There’s a possibility that if the player isn’t there that we’d like, we’d have a possibility of moving back and gaining two picks,” said general manager Mike Gillis. “We have a good group of forwards and prospect defencemen and we have good flexibility to select a player we’re comfortable with.”

A year ago, the Canucks cited a need for defencemen but couldn’t pass on college centre Jordan Schroeder , who slipped from a consensus top-10 pick to 22nd overall. They then addressed the back end by taking Kevin Connauton, Jeremy Price and Peter Andersson in the third, fourth and fifth rounds respectively. The Canucks are lacking a big, mobile prospect blueliner who plays tough down low and thought they had one in Taylor Ellington, the 33rd pick in the 2007 draft. But his lateral movement is questionable as he split last season between Manitoba (AHL) and Victoria (ECHL).

4 Responses to Canucks weighing draft options, may trade their 25th selection

  1. Mapleleaves says:

    ok, this has nothing to do with this artical but its the newest one and id like to know whats going on..   so arnott was traded back to NJD, what is that about??  why wasnt the trade that ebded up done without him in the first place.

  2. KingVilly91 says:

    To Van : Kuli

    To Tor : 25th overall pick


    why would Vancouver waste the pick on him??? hes worth a 3rd rounder at best… 16 goal scorers who want 3+ million per year aren't worth much.. sorry

  4. Kev_Leafs says:

    I don't understand your sentence.

    Arnott was brought back to NJ because they thought they could use him.

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