HKSR Posted December 9, 2015 Share Posted December 9, 2015 I know there are many of us in the 'tanking' crowd, but just some food for thought for the non-tanking crowd. Many Canucks fans would say the 2 times the team has come closest to winning the Stanley Cup was in 1994 and 2011. In 1994, arguably, the team was led by Linden, and of course McLean and Bure. I'll give the non-tanking crowd McLean, and Bure was a fluke of a draft pick (won't go into the details of his qualification as a draftee here). The focus here is on Linden. THE Captain and face of the Canucks. Now President. Drafted 2nd overall. Not saying we tanked the year before, but the fact is we finished low enough to garner a draft pick of that quality that led the Canucks to within a crossbar of going into OT for a Game 7 Stanley Cup Final battle. Linden made it a 3-2 game in Game 7. Those old enough to have watched him play knows that playoff hockey was his kinda hockey. Oh, and might be worthwhile mentioning that we drafted another player a year later in the 1990 Entry Draft at 2nd Overall as well -- Petr Nedved. The result from this pick was acquiring Brown, Hedican, and Lafayette -- key members of the 1994 run, and one of the best PP quarterbacks the franchise ever had in their lineup (Brown). Yes, it was Brown passing the puck tape-to-tape for Bure to end the series in Round 1 against the Flames. In 2011, again, so close yet so far. We got to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals... led by who else? Daniel and Henrik Sedin. I won't go into details here, but here's the fact -- drafted 2nd and 3rd overall. Likely future HOFers, and franchise leaders in nearly every offensive category. There has been no other time in the history of this franchise where we have gotten closer to winning the Stanley Cup than the 2 times mentioned above. Ironically, or coincidentally, or perhaps it was a direct result of the fact we were able to draft 3 of the greatest players this franchise has ever had -- the ONLY times we have ever drafted players in the Top 3 of an Entry Draft in the modern era. Food for thought. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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