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Vancouver Canucks: Anti-WHL?

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The Vancouver Canucks have not selected a single WHL player in the draft since 2008, when they selected Prabh Rai and Morgan Clark in the 5th and 7th rounds.

The WHL is known for its different brand of hockey vis-a-vis the OHL and the QMJHL; notably, it's a lot grittier, a lot tougher, a lot more "old time". Not surprisingly, these are characteristics missing from Canuck teams of late.

Too much GM & Coach Eastern influence? Why are they avoiding the WHL?

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We just have to draft the BPA, not worry about where they are from.

Although this year I would like us to get Jackson Houck in the 2nd or 3rd round if possible.

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All I hear is your negativity. Cheer up bro! Have some hope! Stop being emo.

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Seriously though, Dan Russel has mentioned this countless times. The Canucks need defensemen and the Kelowna Rockets are a "defensemen factory" (Russel's term).

I know Edler is a WHL guy and from the Rockets, but why the hell dont the Canucks draft more of these guys? Forwards and D-men. We have missed out on a lot of really good players.

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K.Conn Played for the Giants for a year. Or was it just a figment of my imagination. Tie goes to the runner.

I think we need to find the late round utility player from the Dub. The Canucks haven't done a very good job of that.

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Damon Severson was available in the 2nd round when we picked, MG has different priorities though

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Ya we have a certain blindness to players in our own backyard. For what it's worth though the Canucks took Myron this past year and he came from the BCHL.

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No one really knows why the Gillis regime seems have an aversion to the WHL. It would seemingly be quite easy to scout WHL players with the Giants in the same city.

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I'm still miffed that they didn't take Lucic. I watched him play for the Giant for a couple years. You could see then that he was going to be one hell of a hard hitting grit player.

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K.Conn Played for the Giants for a year. Or was it just a figment of my imagination. Tie goes to the runner.

I think we need to find the late round utility player from the Dub. The Canucks haven't done a very good job of that.

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The Vancouver Canucks have not selected a single WHL player in the draft since 2008, when they selected Prabh Rai and Morgan Clark in the 5th and 7th rounds.

The WHL is known for its different brand of hockey vis-a-vis the OHL and the QMJHL; notably, it's a lot grittier, a lot tougher, a lot more "old time". Not surprisingly, these are characteristics missing from Canuck teams of late.

Too much GM & Coach Eastern influence? Why are they avoiding the WHL?

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Seriously though, Dan Russel has mentioned this countless times. The Canucks need defensemen and the Kelowna Rockets are a "defensemen factory" (Russel's term).

I know Edler is a WHL guy and from the Rockets, but why the hell dont the Canucks draft more of these guys? Forwards and D-men. We have missed out on a lot of really good players.

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no, it is a coincidence. the canucks need to worry about drafting the best available player, not the best available WHLer.

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It was a simple question, that doesn't make him anti-Canuck. :rolleyes:

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