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Future Canucks Draftee - Edmonton Oil Kings Memorial Cup Star Henrik Samuelsson


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#1 Herberts Vasiljevs

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:10 PM

The mean streak is in his blood. He's the son of former NHL hard-nosed defensive d-man Ulf Samuelsson. Henrik Samuelsson was an absolute beast in the Memorial Cup. He had trouble finding ice time with the famous MODO hockey club in the Swedish Elite League, he returned to play hockey in North America to play with the Edmonton Oil KIngs. Last year, regarded as one of the top 30 prospects for this years' draft, Samuelsson slipped down the rankings as he had trouble finding his groove in Europe, but returned home to NA to play in the WHL with the Oil KIngs, where after a strong campaign and an astounding Memorial Cup appearance, he found himself back in the top-30 on a lot of peoples lists.

He put up 23 points this regular season in 28 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings and 14 points in 17 playoff games in the memorial cup. He was one of the big reasons why the Oil Kings were riding a 20-game win streak through the playoffs. As you may have heard, he does have diciplinary problems, the again, so did Ulf. He's had 4 suspensions since being back in the WHL, but if the Canucks were to draft him, disipline is something you can teach.

He has good skating ability, a good first step, hits HARD, has a HARD shot, an even HARDER one-timer, and he does play a whole 200 foot ice game, of course, learning all about that aspect from his dad. Like Todd Bertuzzi, he uses his 6'2, 215 pound body to protect the puck well. He's a center, he's big, and he shoots right; what on earth is there not to like about this guy!?!?!?!!?!?... well, besides the fact he has disiplinary problems, but god knows that could be worked on. Also funny, what a crazy coincidence that his name is 'Henrik' 'Samuelsson'... hahaha. In other news, during his Memorial Cup run, he had the most badass golden playoff beard. The dude's practically a wookie on skates!!!!

Can you imagine, possibly in a few years... a first line of:

Nicklas Jensen - Henrik Samuelsson - Zack Kassian!?!?!?!

Wow. That would be unstoppable. Thoughts???

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:14 PM

He also dropped some of that weight because he was lazy in the off season and fattened up according to Memorial Cup announcers/panel. He's not even 200lbs now.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:23 PM

Let's find a Henrik Naslund and draft him too

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:27 PM

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - H. Samuelsson
Edler - M. Samuelssson

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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs

Gaudreau has one NHL goal whereas all your "prized" prospects have none.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:28 PM

He may be a good prospect. Better have a damn good work ethic though.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:28 PM

Kassian Jensen Samuelsson
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:29 PM

He's a frankenstein type made up of Henrik's top and M. Samuelsson's bottom half. :frantic:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:56 PM

He also dropped some of that weight because he was lazy in the off season and fattened up according to Memorial Cup announcers/panel. He's not even 200lbs now.

I watched him quite a bit in the playoffs and I would have guessed he was at least 6;3" and 220 lbs.
He moved people and no one pushed him around in the least. He has great hands for his size and can only get better and bigger.
Attitude can change in flash with the right program.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:58 PM

I wouldn't waste a 1st on him.

2nd rounder IMO.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:07 PM

You know the red wings will grab him in the second round, so if the Canucks want him, they better draft him in the first.

Picks 25-50 are all pretty much equal in talent anyways, so we might as well go off the board a bit if there's no one that stands out. We nee to draft some more sandpaper guys like him.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:30 PM

Interesting - the Canucks have a nice amount of prospect depth in goal, on the blueline, and with Jensen and Kassian, a pair of great young wingers. A big power center is just what the prospect pool calls for - a very different player than Schroeder. Perhaps we'll be able to use Toronto or Columbus' 2nd round pick :bigblush: - NHL.com has him at 75th, and as a right wing? - maybe a good sleeper pick?

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:53 PM

You know the red wings will grab him in the second round, so if the Canucks want him, they better draft him in the first.

Picks 25-50 are all pretty much equal in talent anyways, so we might as well go off the board a bit if there's no one that stands out. We nee to draft some more sandpaper guys like him.


I'm 100% with you on this one DeNiro, seriously. If the Canucks in fact see something good in Samuelsson and we believe he's the best there is and has the most potential to be something special, pick him. There are the obvious Yakupovs, Reinharts and Dumbas that you know are going to be good, but then I hate to admit it, but probably from picks 20 and on, it's a total crap chute. For example, when the Avs picked Ryan O'Reilly in the early second round, there's absolutely nobody who saw him making the leap to the NHL the following season, but he had the intangibles to make him a legitimate roster player.

I say from 25 and on, if there's a player and you see something in them that separates him from the rest of the players in a positive way, don't hesitate to pick him. It obviously didn't work with Thomas Hickey in '07, we all know what happened there, but Grabner was a wild card riser in the draft, and he's a regular top-6 on the Islanders.

Pick the BPA, and from what I've seen, Scott Laughton and Henrik Samuelsson to me are the best available to be picked around the 26th position.

But, you just never know.....

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:06 PM

I wouldn't waste a 1st on him.

2nd rounder IMO.


I wouldn't call it "waste", but I know what you mean and agree with you.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:27 PM

first when i looked at the topic
i thought henrik sedin and mikael samuelsson combined into one! :emot-parrot: :emot-parrot: :emot-parrot: :emot-parrot: :emot-parrot: :emot-parrot: :emot-parrot: :emot-parrot:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

I absolutely want the Canucks to draft Samuelsson. Spend the first round pick o him cause he wont be around for us to grab in the second round.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

We need to take drafting to a whole new level. Take one of Pavel Bure's sons and match him with one of the Sedin's daughters (the Bure last name is preferable). Arrange their marriage and have them bear as many sons as they can handle. Put each of these Bure sons through hockey in a similar fashion as the Chinese do with their Olympic athletes. These kids will eat, sleep, and breathe hockey.

The next step is to rig it so that we get every last one of these Bure children on the Canucks. Rigging the system is near impossible but with Pavel's connection to the mob, it shouldn't be too impossible.

Pavel will only agree to this if the bridge between him and the organization is rebuilt somehow. Make it happen, MG!

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:29 AM

We need to take drafting to a whole new level. Take one of Pavel Bure's sons and match him with one of the Sedin's daughters (the Bure last name is preferable). Arrange their marriage and have them bear as many sons as they can handle. Put each of these Bure sons through hockey in a similar fashion as the Chinese do with their Olympic athletes. These kids will eat, sleep, and breathe hockey.

The next step is to rig it so that we get every last one of these Bure children on the Canucks. Rigging the system is near impossible but with Pavel's connection to the mob, it shouldn't be too impossible.

Pavel will only agree to this if the bridge between him and the organization is rebuilt somehow. Make it happen, MG!


Finally an idea worth posting!!
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