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#1 Pouria

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Is there any way the Canucks could draft Valery Nichushkin?

He is the perfect player the Canucks need to fill in the powerforward type role. He is 6'4 and has great hockey skills. I hope the Canucks can draft this kid. He is the one that ended Canada's WJC medal streak. If the Canucks can get a top 10 pick in the Luongo trade and get this kid, it will definitely help us to remain an elite team in the future. A line of Kassian, Kesler and Nichushkin would be tough to stop.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

The common perception of Valery Nicushkin is that he plays almost exactly like Rick Nash (Even his WJC-winner was eerily similar). Would love to see the Canucks get this kid but the issue is he has signed a multi-year deal in Russia IIRC. That may turn off a lot of teams including the Canucks and Gillis. It may also mean that he could be the Tarasenko/Kuznetsov-type player who develops in Russia before coming to North America though.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

No russians please.
Draft Sean Monahan-
I would say our first need is a centerman then goaltending, then wingers.
I like BPA strategy but not if players are close in their quality and centerman can often learn to play the wing.
No to Russians unless they are a cannot miss prospect- look at Yakupov-prima ballerina.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

I would if we could get all the other teams to draft Ryan Murphy to play on their D against him. But, as is the case with a number of Russians that were picked lower in the draft, there's concerns of if he'd come over and where we'd be drafting to get him anyway.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

No russians please.
Draft Sean Monahan-
I would say our first need is a centerman then goaltending, then wingers.
I like BPA strategy but not if players are close in their quality and centerman can often learn to play the wing.
No to Russians unless they are a cannot miss prospect- look at Yakupov-prima ballerina.


Why no Russian's? And Nichushkin isn't a "can't miss prospect"?

This guy is an absolute beast, size, speed, offensive ability, physicality, he has all the pieces.

He is probably going top 10 IMO, so we would have to make a trade to acquire a pick, which isn't all that easy since niether Florida or Toronto would have top 10 picks with Luongo, I doubt we get him honestly but it would be great if we could pull it off.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

No russians please.
Draft Sean Monahan-
I would say our first need is a centerman then goaltending, then wingers.
I like BPA strategy but not if players are close in their quality and centerman can often learn to play the wing.
No to Russians unless they are a cannot miss prospect- look at Yakupov-prima ballerina.


Monahan is considered top-5 talent. Thinking the Canucks will be able to land him is a pipe dream. A glorious pipe-dream.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

get a first in the Toronto trade
Bozak, Kadri, first- take 2 of their centers away and even with Luongo they will be last
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

No russians please. Draft Sean Monahan- I would say our first need is a centerman then goaltending, then wingers. I like BPA strategy but not if players are close in their quality and centerman can often learn to play the wing. No to Russians unless they are a cannot miss prospect- look at Yakupov-prima ballerina.


Sean Monahan is going to go in the top 10. The Canucks won't get the chance to draft him.

Edited by Jaku, 07 January 2013 - 04:47 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

If we were to pick anywhere around 8+ and Nichushkin's on the board, we'd take him in a moment. Definitely a huge potential player, I could see him falling a bit because of the "Russian factor"
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

oh alright

Edited by eretz canucks, 07 January 2013 - 05:05 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

Is there any way the Canucks could draft Valery Nichushkin?


The only way it happens is if he is available when the Canucks make their draft selection AND the Canucks want him more than everyone else that is still available.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

Take Lazar! From same hometown and I've played road hockey with him haha.

or Trade Kes and Luongo for the 1st overall and draft Mackinnon. :lol:
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:56 PM

Wrong forum. This is only for prospects drafted by Canucks. Close it up.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

Wrong forum. This is only for prospects drafted by Canucks. Close it up.

Go away.

As has been said we aren't likely to be drafting high enough to get him.

Edited by elvis15, 07 January 2013 - 07:09 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

Wrong forum. This is only for prospects drafted by Canucks. Close it up.


@ mr reputable (most misleading name ever) I can't believe your account is still active
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

If we had a pick somewhere around 10th overall, I'd rather us use it on Ristolainen or maybe even Gauthier.
Ristolainen would add some snarl, not to mention a ton of talent, to our backend.
Gauthier looks like he could pretty similar to Couturier in his playing style and like Couts, could be NHL ready right away.

Edited by Jägermeister, 07 January 2013 - 09:22 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

Wrong forum. This is only for prospects drafted by Canucks. Close it up.


Thank God for you, otherwise we would have never know this was in the wrong forum because it's not like we have mods or anything to take care of that.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:20 AM

For those who didn't get a chance to see him, I made a video and will be making videos for a few WJC draft eligibles.



I know some might not like the comparison but it was mentioned to me. He reminds me of David Booth, in the way he drives to the net. Just a thought though.

Edited by DJ Kreuzberg, 08 January 2013 - 01:21 AM.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:31 AM

Offensively he reminds me of Jordan Staal but obviously without the Selke calibre-D.
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Kassian.... Taylor Pyatt 3.0

Lies. He's more of a Steve Bernier. Hopefully his talent level goes up so he can become like a Taylor Pyatt.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:35 AM

Monahan is considered top-5 talent. Thinking the Canucks will be able to land him is a pipe dream. A glorious pipe-dream.


A bong pipe dream.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:36 AM

Wrong forum. This is only for prospects drafted by Canucks. Close it up.


Is that you, BB? :bigblush:
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:36 AM

Wrong forum. This is only for prospects drafted by Canucks. Close it up.


Really trying hard for that Mod spot aren't you...

For those who didn't get a chance to see him, I made a video and will be making videos for a few WJC draft eligibles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2jjBt0s3mQ

I know some might not like the comparison but it was mentioned to me. He reminds me of David Booth, in the way he drives to the net. Just a thought though.


I said the same thing on HF, the way he drives to the net with such speed and power reminds me of Booth exactly, although Valery I think has a better all round offensive game, and is much more comparable to the 30 goal, 60 points Booth a couple season's ago than the one we see now.

nonetheless there are comparable features in their games for sure.
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