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  1. How can it be nonsense because the players listed in that draft have NHL careers - our Grandlund as well.
  2. not evidence that there were good players available after Jensen and in that draft as a whole? Hmm
  3. 'But you also have to factor in how poor the drafts you are referring to were in general - and what the success rates of late picks are - and when you do, you realize it wasn't such a 'disaster', they just didn't overcome any poor odds (with a few exceptions)' This is what you said not me. My point is that in each draft there are a lot of good players that do make it to the show. You suggest wrongly that our poor drafting is the result of poor draft pools - this is simply just not the case. Grandlund and Pedan are in the year 2011 as well. We could have drafted them instead of Jensen and also taken guys like these who are very very good players from that draft that went later. Johnny Hockey Gibson Palat Shaw Kucherov Trocheck Ritchie
  4. Just take a look at the 11 draft and all the good players that came after Jensen at 29. Also look at players Tampa, Jackets, Ducks picked up later. Good try but I don't think what you say makes much sense. https://www.nhl.com/news/2011-nhl-re-draft-gaudreau-jumps-to-no-1/c-280996940
  5. 'Unrealistic expectations' - are you aware that we rank as one of the worst drafting teams if not the worst team prior to Benning. Sorry, disagree about the one disaster 1+1=2.
  6. Sportsnet LD Patrick Wiercioch, Vancouver Canucks: One year, $650,000 cap hit Wiercioch was lost in the misery that was the 2016-17 Colorado Avalanche, but he’s still 6-foot-5 and only 26 years old. Most importantly, between 2010 and 2016, his team scored 54 per cent of the goals and took 53 per cent of the shots when he was on the ice. That’s a nice gamble at the NHL’s minimum wage. You have to be careful but this would suggest he is more than just a plug.
  7. in this league there are always second chances. Good for him. Etem is at the stage where it is now or never. He defo has the tools for a bottom guy but he's got to realize what that means. Hodgson Jensen Etem Kassian Grenier Schroeder Gaunce What a disaster
  8. guess you didn't see him play in the olympics nor the years he was dominate.
  9. this thinking is just wrong on so many levels. First, McPhee nor crew would be sitting watching Benning. And they would not hear who is talking about nor figure what he is looking at. This is just the basic stuff. Come close to draft day everyone for sure thought Makar and the 2 forwards. Plus people thought Dallas and the Ava would go D so a 2 and 2. So no real surprises . Vegas like Van had 2-3 guys that they would take so there was no real need to buy up. As well the media was saying Glass or Vilardi for Van and it now appears teams were less keen on Vilardi than the media made out. So from McPhee's position he probably figured out that the top positions were not interested in Vilardi, and Van approaching him that Van was not going to take Glass and so they would be happy to get him. These guys are major poker players and you insult McPhee's intelligence. From Benning position he was just trying to get an extra pick, in other words seeing if there was a must have player at 5 that vegas wanted - the answer was no - they had a couple guys. I could see vegas taking the offer if there was a clear we must have 5 and Van did not want or need the clear number 5, but would take him cause he was the clear no 5. That was not the case with this draft. One more thing if this was a real screw up by Benning then the nucks would not have shown the video. The fact it is there is to show that the media got it wrong. Sorry, and person with a half brain would not have taken the deal Benning offered. As well what McPhee did was just a mutual respect act. In other words to keep the ties smooth he at least showed Benning that he talked to his guys and took the offer seriously. The GM club is a small one and you need to keep your relations in good order. Remember the word going around that GM's did like talk to Gillis. That was one of the reasons Benning got hired - other GMs like and respect him. That is why we could trade guys likes burrows, hansen and pick up guys like sven and grandlund. That exchange between Benning was Mc was only partially about the top 5.
  10. this thinking is just wrong on so many levels. First, McPhee nor crew would be sitting watching Benning. And they would not hear who is talking about nor figure what he is looking at. This is just the basic stuff. Come close to draft day everyone for sure thought Makar and the 2 forwards. Plus people thought Dallas and the Ava would go D so a 2 and 2. So no real surprises . Vegas like Van had 2-3 guys that they would take so there was no real need to buy up. As well the media was saying Glass or Vilardi for Van and it now appears teams were less keen on Vilardi than the media made out. So from McPhee's position he probably figured out that the top positions were not interested in Vilardi, and Van approaching him that Van was not going to take Glass and so they would be happy to get him. These guys are major poker players and you insult McPhee's intelligence. From Benning position he was just trying to get an extra pick, in other words seeing if there was a must have player at 5 that vegas wanted - the answer was no - they had a couple guys. I could see vegas taking the offer if there was a clear we must have 5 and Van did not want or need the clear number 5. That was not the case with this draft.
  11. The Canucks were one of the worst teams for that past 2 years and we will be bad for some time to come. We have bottomed out and now that long climb back is just beginning. This problem was created from a decade of crap drafting. Benning nor linden caused this. With this in mind it is easy and typical for Toronto TV people to criticize the obvious and praise the obvious - there is no genius there. As well it is a well known thing in hockey to dump on Van. First because we were so bloody good for so long and second the rest of Canada likes it when the media jumps on us. There is nothing surprising about this at all except that people from our side seem to get upset about it. Most of those guys on TSN and Sportsnet talk out of their asses. We hit rock bottom people there is a long road back but it looks like we have something to look forward to. Benning and crew have been fixing the problem. We add two more drafts and we could end up having the 'richest' talent pool in the league. REMEMBER as well the current management is trying to build a organization that consistently drafts well and develops well year after year.
  12. People forget he played decently for Van back in Dec of 15. I was at a game and he was decent and then Willie for some reason decided he shouldn't play the 3rd. So he sat.
  13. this is called Larionov trying to drum up business.
  14. Yes under Gillis we drafted the 200 ft all zones generic player who worst case would be a plug. You need to aim a little higher if you want to get an elite player. i will say this about the game today, it is so structured that what you are looking for is someone who can be creative within it, and that is more important than size and speed. These latter are important but can be acquired, ultimately the brain is what slows the game down and you are looking for people who show that intelligence.