National Hockey League Hockey Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

Canucks hope 'perfect world' will lead them to defenseman at 2018 Draft

Canucks hope 'perfect world' will lead them to defenseman at 2018 Draft
Published On: Tue, Jun 12
Sep 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancovuer Canucks forward Ronalds Kenins (41) reaches for the puck against San Jose Sharks forward Nikolay Goldobin (82) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The San Jose Sharks won 4-0. Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks are hoping to add youth to their defense, like what they've done at forward with the additions of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson, general manager Jim Benning said.

The Canucks have the No. 7 pick at the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas onJune 22-23. Noah Dobson of Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Quintin Hughes of the University of Michigan and Evan Bouchard of London of the Ontario Hockey League are three of the high-end defensemen that could be available at that spot.

In a recent wide-ranging sit-down with, Benning discussed how the Canucks won't reach for a defenseman at No. 7 if the top prospects at that position are gone; how he's expecting Pettersson, the No. 5 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, to step right into the lineup in 2018-19; on life without retired forwards Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin; and how a potential Seattle expansion team would make a great rival for Vancouver.

What is your blueprint for the Draft?

"We want to take the best player. We would like, in a perfect world, if the best player is a defenseman at No. 7. We have a lot of depth at forward. We've drafted a lot of forwards the last few years. We feel like we have some real good forwards coming. In a perfect world, if the best player was a defenseman it would be the perfect scenario."

After the top-ranked prospect, defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the next group of players seem to be dominated by forwards. Do you see one of the other highly regarded defensemen being available at No. 7?

"This is going to be an interesting draft, I feel, because there are some teams that pick ahead of us that a€¦ it depends on whether they pick for need vs. best player. All the prognosticators have a certain group of players in the top five. But all of a sudden if some teams start picking for need and taking more defensemen even though it's not that group of five players everyone said it would be, then some players are going to fall. Picking at No. 7, I think we're in a good spot that way in that we're going to get a player we really like."

Read the complete news article here...

More Featured News

Ducks' Getzlaf returns to lineup after 5-game absence
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
The Anaheim Ducks will welcome their captain back Saturday night, as Ryan Getzlaf returns to the lineup after missing the last five games with a groin injury.The club has still done...
Corey Crawford is more than just the Blackhawks star goaltender
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
Most of the time, those of us who write here at Second City Hockey a€” who make no secret about our status as Blackhawks fans a€” try to view everything around this team with as obj...
Avs MacKinnon belongs in best in NHL conversation
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
As you can see from this Associated Press piece, there are some hot a€œbest in the NHLa€ debates going around, with people batting around names like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, ...
Oilers McDavid unconcerned with who holds best in the world crown
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
Truth be told, it was never really all that close.While other young phenoms blossom and superstar mainstays prove they have more to give, only one player in the game has cleaned up ...
Panthers trying to stay confident during slow start
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
Six games into the season, the Florida Panthers find themselves in a familiar position but facing a different challenge.A year ago, their 2-4-0 start was typical of a team in transi...
Kings hold closed-door meeting after fourth straight loss
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
The Los Angeles Kings held a closed-door meeting that lasted almost 20 minutes after losing their fourth straight game Saturday.With a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Cent...
Charles B. Wang, former Islanders owner dies, his attorney says
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
Charles B. Wang, 74, founder of CA TechnologiesA and former Islanders owner, died Sunday, his attorney said.The cause of death was not provided. WangA was surrounded by his family a...
No long-term deal coming for Nylander, Leafs
Published On: Sun, Oct 21
Rewind to the early days of William Nylander v. Toronto Maple Leafs and there were four potential outcomes on the table. You had:A) Nylander signs a short-term contract with Toronto...
Foegele emerging as big surprise for Hurricanes
Published On: Sat, Oct 20
Warren Foegele wasn't expected to be one of the top rookies for the Carolina Hurricanes this season.Andrei Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, and Martin Necas, the No...
Colorado Avalanche Semyon Varlamov Re-Asserting Himself
Published On: Sat, Oct 20
This summer, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Philipp Grubauer, the former backup of the Washington Capitals. With incumbentA Semyon Varlamov in the final year of his deal, it seemed...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts