The Vancouver Canucks have quite a bit of young talent including Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Quinn Hughes, Tyler Madden, Bo Horvat, Michael DiPietro and Thatcher Demko. But, they’ll be looking to grab even more.
The Canucks are still rebuilding and will be for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately some fans are still a bit bitter and they feel that the team wasting the careers of the Sedin twins (Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin). They feel that they put too much stock in the Sedin brothers and prayed for a Stanley Cup. At the same time, they felt that they would just delay the rebuild process. But, the good news is that the Canucks have a great farm system and a lot of young talent. Plus, they’ll able to snag some more prospects in the upcoming draft.
The Vancouver Canucks landed the 10th pick for the 2019 NHL draft. This means that several top prospects including Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko, Dylan Cozens, Kirby Dach, Vasili Podkolzin, Alex Turcotte and Peyton Krebs won’t be on the board. But, the Canucks can still select an intriguing prospect.
Come draft day, Canucks general manager Jim Benning needs to address two needs. He needs to add defensemen and an elite/top 6 (potential) left winger. Let’s take a look at three different options that Benning would likely have at #10.
It might be a bit of a reach for the Canucks as he is supposed to go later on in the first round, but the German right-handed defenseman is worth it. He is right-handed and could be a future star to play next to Quinn Hughes. He has a big frame (6ft 4in and 198 lbs). Given Hughes’ size, it’d make sense for Benning to add a bigger/taller defenseman to potentially play alongside him. Seider also is really good in the defensive zone so he could sit back and let Hughes be the offensive specialist.
The Uzbekistan born American winger can play both wings. Like Seider, Kaliyev might be a bit of a reach, but he’d be worth it. Kaliyev might be the most under-appreciated player in this class. He tallied 51 goals and 51 assists for the Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) this season. Yet, he still isn’t considered a top 10 talent. He can do it all on offense, but he is weak on defense. While that might cause some concern, that shouldn’t be a big problem. There are plenty of players in the NHL who are exceptional in the offensive zone, but who aren’t stellar in the defensive zone. Filip Forsberg and Alex Ovechkin are two players are perfect examples.
There is a possibility that the versatile American forward isn’t there at this spot. He’s shown throughout his time with the USNTDP that he has an elite all-around skill-set (including on special teams). Many teams will be interested in drafting the Bedford, New York native. So, there is a good shot that Benning might lost out on Zegras. But, if he falls to #10, Benning should snag him. He is committed to the Boston University for 2019/2020, but there is no hurry to get Zegras to the NHL level just yet.
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