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 NHL.com, 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

Trotz is next step in Islanders revival " and a big Tavares lure
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
Boy, how things have fallen into place for the Islanders. And ita€™s all happened so fast.The total restructuring of the organization that continued withA the hiring of Barry Trotz ...
Cuomo: Islanders add 8 more games to Coliseum schedule
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
The Islanders will play an additional eight games at NYCB LIVEa€™s Nassau Coliseum during the 2018-19 season, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday.The increase means the Islander...
Rangers employing rebuild plan they havent tried in 40 years
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
It has been four decades since the Rangers built their team primarily through the draft a€” the 1970s, when homegrown Steve Vickers, Pat Hickey, Dave Maloney, Ron Greschner, Don Mur...
NHL Rumors: Craig Anderson could also be on the move
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
As if the Ottawa Senators dona€™t have enough to deal with already, now therea€™s talk goalie Craig Anderson has asked for a change of scenery by requesting a trade.Yes, therea€™s a...
San Jose Sharks Waive Paul Martin for the Purpose of a Buyout
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
TheA San Jose SharksA have placed defensemanA Paul MartinA on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. This move gives the Sharks additional cap space for free agency, wh...
Blues Nearing One-Year Contract With Nikita Soshnikov
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
While some had speculated that Blues wingerA Nikita SoshnikovA was likely going to sign in the KHL this summer, that doesna€™t appear to be the case.A  His agent, Dan Milstein, told...
Report: Kovalchuk's agent expected to meet with Bruins, Kings, Knights, Sharks
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
After weeks of speculation, Ilya Kovalchuk's preferred NHL destination is starting to become much clearer, as the highly sought-after winger's agent is expected to meet with four te...
Bruins GM Don Sweeney ready to do all kinds of business
Published On: Fri, Jun 22
Less than 24 hours before the NHL draft commences today at American Airlines Center, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was still dealing with some unknowns.Sweeney has kicked the t...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts