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  1. Here is what I could find so far, JB quoted about Olli at the draft. “I don’t know if there’s a true No. 1 defenseman (in the draft),” Benning told TSN 1040 radio. “If you look through the league right now, there’s maybe eight or ten No. 1 defensemen in the whole league.” And so the Canucks may choose a winger like Matthew Tkachuk or, perhaps more likely, a center like Logan Brown. If Pierre-Luc Dubois doesn’t get picked at No. 4, he’d certainly be an option, too. https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2016/06/24/canucks-opt-to-bolster-blue-line-select-olli-juolevi-fifth-overall/ If I remember correctly, I have heard Benning say a number of times, that Olli, in his assesment, projects to be a number 2 dman.
  2. I have never seen nor heard JB say Olli could become a number 1 dman. Link please.
  3. Pettersson started slowly but has started to impress over the weekend. Sure he has a great shot etc., but what really impressed me was his back check on that two on one. Going full out for most of the length of the ice, he caught the Jet player and took him out right to the end boards. Pettersson will be a force in the NHL.
  4. I wholly agree. Benning deserves a lot of credit. Weisbrod deserves some credit as well.
  5. He knows the value of any given draft pick and is able to evaluate with some accuracy the potential of any given player. This gives him the confidence to trade draft picks for players.
  6. Then scares the bejesus out of them! I hope Tryamkin comes back with the attitude that he is here to stay. He would be an excellent complement to our young defensemen going forward.
  7. That's what Benning has stated more than once and I believe him and yes that would be incredible. Imagine the speed of the rebuild when you are getting 4 NHLers per draft!
  8. They sure had a lot of offers to move down. It seems that teams that want to move up are the teams with a good drafting record and see a good player dropping. Fortunately, Benning and his staff also draft well and wait to see if their players they rate highly drop to them. I know after the first round Benning said there were a couple of guys they had their eye on (turns out one of them was Woo) for pick number 37. St. Louis Blues (especially wanted to get our #37) and Minnesota (both teams have very good drafting records) wanted to move up to our pick. Woo dropped to us so we didn't move it. A team worse at drafting would not have identified Woo for example and may have moved that second rounder for two 3rd rounders. A team that drafts poorly would have probably struck out on those two 3rd rounders. They would have ended up with more picks but at the end of the day just ended up with only their first rounder making the NHL. Decent drafting teams get at least a couple of players each draft (usually from their highest picks). Teams that draft very well are able to consistently get NHLers outside of the first two rounds. I am so happy that our team is one of these. Benning expects to be able to get 4 players each draft class. So when I look at any player Benning and his staff draft from round 5 and up, I am expecting an NHLer of some form in the future.
  9. If you listen at the 6:25 mark you will hear Walker ask Benning what if Zadina fell, would there have been any debate picking him (over Hughes). Benning says no, that they would have stayed with the guy they picked. Haven't heard Benning say otherwise anywhere else. Their final draft list is never revealed and they are reluctant to say too much about it including the order the picks are in. However, the final list is final and if he says they would have picked Hughes ahead of Zadina then Hughes would be rated ahead of Zadina and would not change in any subsequent interviews. Benning, of course, could have forgotten the order his top seven picks were and had to correct himself later but I doubt that. In another interview, I do remember Benning saying that he had the same top seven. He just did not reveal the order they were in other than that tidbit about picking Hughes over Zadina. So no Dobson in the top seven but Tkachuk instead. My guess for the Canucks top 7: Dahlin Svechnikov Hughes Tkachuk Kotkaniemi Zadina Hayton So the Coyotes and Canadiens reached a couple of spots each because of their need for centermen. Detroit is kind of a head-scratcher. I guess their list had Zadina ahead of Hughes.
  10. I mentioned Brian Leetch earlier in terms of how he controlled parts of games in the '94 Stanley Cup finals. That he was one of the difference makers for the Rangers and that I could see Hughes doing something similar in the future. While I was going thru old Sportsnet 650 radio recordings, I came across an interview with Benning I had missed, stating Hughes reminded him of Brian Leetch. The interview was Friday, June 22/18 right after they had picked Hughes. Benning mentioned a few things about Hughes and the draft some of you may have missed. He said Hughes was the perfect fit and that he complimented the Canucks young group going forward. What separated him from the other Dmen after Dhalin was his dynamic skating. That if both Zedina and Hughes were available they would have still picked Hughes. That they never expected Hughes to be available at #7, although Benning did say they had two centermen rated in the top 7 (I am guessing they had the centerman Hayton at number 7 and Hughes at 3 or 4). That when it was time to pick at #7 there was no debate or hesitation picking Hughes (they had Hughes clearly rated as the best Dman after Dhalin). Lastly, he said he wasn't comparing him to any Dmen but Hughes reminded him of Brian Leetch. https://www.sportsnet.ca/650/vancouver-canucks-radio/jim-benning-didnt-expect-quinn-hughes-fall-think-hes-perfect-fit/
  11. Ehh, I just like to GOOGLE. What stood out for you during the 94 Cup run? Is my memory playing tricks on me or did Leetch stand out in that series?
  12. Yeah, I agree. More importantly, he is going to be an essential component of our future success. I remember the hard-fought 7 game Stanley Cup series between the Rangers and Canucks in 1994. A lot of the details and games have faded but one memory that will stay with me is Brian Leetch. The way he controlled the play, especially carrying the puck on his offensive forays into the Canuck's zone. He stood out. He was unstoppable. We had no answer. He was the difference maker in that series. I definitely see Hughes being a difference maker for us. Not only because he has amazing speed, skill, and hockey IQ but because his attitude is outstanding. Check this out. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-bookbinder/5-things-leaders-look-for-in-a-difference-maker_b_9541458.html So difference makers have the attitude that they are, in fact, difference makers. The results of a study of roughly 1.7 million people across all industries found that what sets these high performers apart isn’t a set of traits like intelligence or ambition. Difference makers, or ‘high performers,’ simply do things differently at work. How well do the above statements describe Hughes?
  13. If you weigh the pros and cons, the risk vs reward, of having an 18-year-old, 5'10", 174 lb defenseman turning pro or not, I would lean towards going back to college. Remember this is the Canucks. Where players who are virtually injury free suddenly become injury prone once traded here. A team that has a history of being amongst the leaders in man games lost. I remember a physical player taking a run at Horvat during the preseason at the start of his pro career. Horvat saw him coming and was able to hold his ground. Horvat was 19 y. o. and physically ready (currently one of our biggest players at 223 lbs) and yet he still sustained a shoulder injury.
  14. Even better is that GMJB has character high on his priorities of what to look for in any player they acquire whether thru the draft, free agency or trades. Helps to avoid problems down the road.
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