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How the Canucks Come Out of the 2015 Draft



A lot of people seem to be disappointed with this year's draft. Why?

We'll start off with the players picked in the draft using picks the Canucks traded:

Rasmus Andersson, D (CGY)
Deven Sideroff, F (ANA)
Jack Sadek, D (MIN)

Rasmus Andersson, a Barrie Colts defenseman who performed extremely well and captured the hearts of many a Canucks fan, was the return Calgary got in the Sven Bärtschi trade.

Deven Sideroff is a speedy right winger who had a few Canucks fans intrigued, but most wanted another player at his position. The pick used on him was acquired by Anaheim in the Ryan Kesler trade, where the Canucks received Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, and two picks: one was used to draft Jared McCann, while the other was traded to New York for Derek Dorsett.

Jack Sadek is a defenseman who I myself wanted the Canucks to draft (I have to admit, I'm a bit disappointed that Jim Benning picked Adam Gaudette over Sadek). The pick originated in the Jason Garrison trade (Along with Jeff Costello) and headed to Tampa Bay, where Lightning GM Steve Yzerman moved up to Minnesota's spot to select Moose Jaw Warrior Brayden Point. The 2nd round pick coming back from Tampa was used to acquire Linden Vey from the LA Kings.

Our selections from the draft include:

Brock Boeser, F
Guillame Brisebois, D
Dmitry Zhukenov, F
Carl Neill, D
Adam Gaudette, F
Lukas Jasek, F
Tate Olson, D

Brock Boeser, Dmitry Zhukenov, Carl Neill, and Lukas Jasek were all picked using draft picks that originated with the Canucks. All 4 look like they could make the Canucks one day. Boeser looks like he could be an elite scorer, Neill needs to improve and is a wild card, and Jasek has Top 9 potential. The one that could change the way people look at this draft is Zhukenov, as Benning has said he's seen Datsyuk in the young gun. Everyone hopes he reaches that potential.

Guillame Brisebois was acquired along with Carolina's 7th Rd. Pick in 2016 from the Hurricanes in exchange for Eddie Lack. He's a decent defender who needs to work on everything a bit more, but definitely has a shot at making the roster.

The pick used to select Adam Gaudette was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers where the Blueshirts acquired defenseman Raphael Diaz (who is now with Calgary). Gaudette is a project, but could have some rewards.

Tate Olson was selected with Tampa Bay's 7th rounder, which was acquired by the Canucks in a deal with San Jose for Patrick McNally. McNally, while showing promise, was deemed redundant in the Canucks' system by Benning and others on the management team.

In summary, here's a look at all the players involved in this draft both coming to the Canucks and leaving it:

Players we gave up that were involved in the 2015 NHL Draft:
Rasmus Andersson, F (CGY)
Jeff Costello, F (TBL)
Raphael Diaz, D (CGY)
Jason Garrison, D (TBL)
Ryan Kesler, F (ANA)
Eddie Lack, G (CAR)
Patrick McNally, D (SJS)
Jack Sadek, D (MIN)
Deven Sideroff, F (ANA)

Players we acquired involved in the 2015 NHL Draft:
Sven Bärtschi, F
Nick Bonino, F
Brock Boeser, F
Guillame Brisebois, D
Derek Dorsett, F
Adam Gaudette, F
Lukas Jasek, F
Jared McCann, F
Carl Neill, D
Tate Olson, D
Luca Sbisa, D
Linden Vey, F
Dmitri Zhukenov, F
7th Round Pick, 2016 (CAR)

Of course, it will be years until a definitive answer can be given regarding this draft. However, looking at what we got compared to what we gave up, I can say, without a doubt, that the future does indeed look bright in Vancouver following the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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I'm with you my man. I don't get what all the hate about this draft classic about either. People are mad because the only big name prospect we got was Brock Boeser, and he's a USHL player. But this is exactly what we brought Benning, a GM who specializes in scouting, to do. A GM that specializes in scouting goes for the unknown player because they scouted them and feel like they found a hidden gem. Honestly, after looking at whatever scouting reports I could find, they all seem like they could be exactly that, and nearly every scouting report talks about how these players have FANTASTIC character, which Benning believes is what pushes a player to the next level.

Good write up. I tend to agree with most. I believe Brisebois was a third round pick however. Other than that, good stuff.

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Since Rasmus Andersson was ranked 92nd or whatever, it looks like Calgary made a mistake when they picked him up so early.

It might be a bigger mistake than when they traded Sven Bearcheese to us in the first place, as he is a talented 1st rounder with a wealth of skill and scoring ability.

Clearly, Jim Benning knows what he's doing and we should all trust his judgement, whether it be drafting character guy Jake Virtanen over franchise potential scorers Nik Ehlers and William Nylander, or trading Lack instead of Ryan Miller.

He is the GM and he knows more than any of the teenaged armchair draft experts that populate these boards. Or at least he should.

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Thanks for looking at it this way man. In order to grade the '15 draft, we have to consider the big picture. Benning is a great talent evaluator, and while some of the trades he has made look questionable, you can see that he has a plan. For example, we needed to trade Lack, and ended up with Brisebois with the 66th pick, when he was projected to go 20 earlier. That was a guy we targeted, and we got him.

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