The Canucks traded up and selected Bo Horvat with the 9th pick.
It’s Draft Day, that marvellous time of the year when cynicism and pessimism are replaced by boundless hope and optimism. At the draft, each prospect is fêted as the next NHL star, with normally sober-minded analysts comparing a raw 18-year-old to Claude Giroux, Shea Weber, or Joe Thornton, when they’re equally likely to be the next Steve Bernier, Boris Valabik, or Lars Jonsson.
This was a busy draft for the Canucks, making the biggest trade of the day, sending Cory Schneider to the Devils for their first round pick at ninth overall. That added to the six picks they already had under their belt.
Pass it to Bulis was there through the entire draft, with Harrison in New Jersey to cover the draft in person and Daniel “in studio.” We ran a comprehensive liveblog, which now serves as a comprehensive recap. To get the full effect, you’ll want to read from the bottom up, unless you want to travel backwards in time and see the Canucks acquire young goaltender Cory Schneider for the 9th overall pick.
7:11 PM (DW) – That’s it for us here at Pass it to Bulis. The Canucks select three centres and four defencemen, with some intriguing potential, particularly among their early picks, but the draft is far more likely to be remembered for the surprising trade of Cory Schneider. We’ll leave you with the moment that will potentially live in infamy:
7:08 PM (DW) – Pronman had Liberati at 197th overall in his draft ranking, while Central Scouting had him as the 150th best North American skater. Essentially, he’s the kind of player that you take a chance on with a seventh round pick. It’s possible that he flourishes given more ice time in coming years and his raw ability is worth taking a chance on.
7:04 PM (DW) – Liberati is listed at 6’1″, 194 lbs and is described on EliteProspects.com as a “smooth skater with offensive instincts.” He had just 9 points in 42 games for the London Knights, but according to Corey Pronman, he was “a hard guy to get a read on because he barely played due to [a] deep team.”
6:56 PM (DW) – The Canucks’ final pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, at 205th overall, is American defenceman Miles Liberati.
6:44 PM (DW) – Here’s some info on Mike Williamson from the Spruce Grove Saints website:
Michael Williamson has made a commitment to join the Penn State Nittany Lions for the 2013-2014 season. Williamson is in his second full year with the Saints and has become a skilled leader on the Saints defensive end. In 54 games with the Saints Michael has scored 24 points and earned 87 penalty minutes. Although stricken with injury this season, the Saints rookie of the year in 2011-2012 has made an impact in the games he has participated in. He earned a tryout for Team Canada West earlier this season but during the selection camp he aggravated a previous injury and could not continue to compete for a spot.
“Mike brings the full package, he is a big strong defenseman that is extremely mobile and possesses a heavy shot,” Says Head Coach/General Manager Jason McKee. “He has been a positive influence on our dressing room for the past two seasons and I am confident that he will carry these traits forward to the next level.
6:29 PM (DW) - Central Scouting had Williamson ranked 183rd among North American skaters heading into the draft. There’s not a lot of information out there about him, but judging from his size and mediocre point totals, we can assume he’s a stay-at-home type.
6:27 PM (DW) – Luongo has chimed in on Twitter:
— Strombone (@strombone1) July 1, 2013
6:24 PM (DW) – Williamson is also an older player at 19, which also fits Gillis’s strategies over the last few years.
6:22 PM (DW) – With the 175th pick, the Canucks select defenceman Mike Williamson out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He’s 6’3″ and headed to Penn State University, which fits Mike Gillis’s strategy of going with players enroute to the NCAA with late round picks.
6:12 PM (DW) – So far that makes three centres (two of whom also play left wing) and two defencemen in this draft. Gillis has picked a goaltender in four of his five drafts and has two picks remaining.
6:05 PM (DW) – Cederholm is expected to play for Rögle in the second tier in Sweden next year. He spent 13 games with the men’s team last season, spending most of his time in the under-20 team, scoring 13 points in 36 games with a plus-27 rating.
5:58 PM (DW) – The Hockey News had Cederholm ranked 95th overall, Corey Pronman had him ranked 90th. He’s described as a stay-at-home defenceman who plays a simple, solid game. Here’s Pronman’s scouting report:
Cederholm is not the type of prospect who puts up gaudy counting numbers as he does not possess notable offensive skill, but he is a big, mobile defenseman who processes the game at a desirable level. He keeps the play in front of him due to very good defensive positioning with his body and stick. His above-average skating allows him to get back well. He shows good ability to pivot and skate backwards in such a manner to stay with quick forwards. He knows how to take his assignments, and he will use his body to bump them off of pucks. He is well developed physically for a U18, measuring at 6’2″ and 204 pounds. His puck skills are limited, but he will make a fine first pass out of his zone. He relies on better puck movers to get it through the neutral zone. He will flash a moderate breakout pass, because his hockey sense allows him to see those lanes open, but in general he prefers a conservative style.
5:55 PM (DW) – With the 145th pick, the Canucks select Swedish defenceman Anton Cederholm, which will assuage anyone worried about whether the Canucks were going to pick a Swede.
5:53 PM (DW) - James Duthie just reported that Aquilini went to Luongo’s house in Florida today and told him about the trade before it became public. Very interesting. So much for being upset that the Canucks didn’t talk to him.
5:45 PM (DW) – Subban finished 6th in the OHL in scoring among defencemen, first among draft eligible prospects.
5:40 PM (DW) – The Hockey News had Subban ranked 67th overall. Corey Pronman had him all the way up at 54th. Here’s Pronman’s scouting report:
You may have heard this name before. Jordan Subban, like his brother P.K., is a right-handed Belleville Bulls defenseman who enters the draft with offensive gifts and defensive question marks. P.K. was selected 43rd overall in 2007, similar to this range for Jordan. Subban is a top-end skater who has the ability to jet up and down the ice as a dangerous puck rusher. He has plus offensive skill, as he can weave through traffic and make quality setups. He can be a little risky with his offensive attacks, however, as well as make poor positional errors on defense. He is a small defenseman at about 5’9″, and that brings a solid amount of risk to his projection. His value in his own end is questionable, although he will work hard in one-on-one battles. He can make plays as a stick checker, but as a prospect, he has a high amount of uncertainty based on his defensive projection.
5:37 PM (DW) – P.K. actually thinks that Jordan is the best Subban. Describes him as “more cerebral” and says he “works harder.”
5:36 PM (DW) – Jordan Subban on TSN right now with his brothers talking to James Duthie.
“I’m just going to work hard to give myself the best opportunity to play in the National Hockey League.”
5:35 PM (DW) – Subban’s size is definitely a concern, but his big brother P.K. had this to say about his competitiveness:
“Put it this way: There are seven people in our family, and if there are six slices of pizza on the table, Jordan’s getting one” – PK Subban
— Justin Morissette (@JustinMoris) July 1, 2013
5:33 PM (DW) – Jordan Subban is an offensive defenceman who put up 51 points in 68 games for the Belleville Bulls. He’s got high-end skill and skates well, but the big question mark is his size. Jordan is listed at just 5’9″, which can be a problem for any hockey player, but especially for defencemen. The hope is that his skill and skating can make up for his lack of size. In the fourth round, that’s a fairly reasonable risk to take.
5:27 PM (DW) – With the 115th pick in the fourth round, the Canucks select Jordan Subban, brother to P.K. and Malcolm. Like P.K., Jordan is a defenceman.
5:25 PM (HM) – NEWARK — With the 85th pick in the Draft, the Canucks selected Cole Cassels from the Oshawa Generals. Here are three theories as to what made the 6’0, 178-pound centre their guy:
First, he’s a centre, and most notably, a centre that believes in strong, two-way hockey. “If you want to play more, you have to play defence,” Cassels said, explaining what he learned during his rookie year in Oshawa. If there’s a theme to the evolution in the Canucks’ drafting philosophy of late — and even the early takeaway from this draft through three rounds — it’s been targeting guys that believe things like this. Bo Horvat is similarly adept at both ends of the ice.
Second, Speaking of Horvat, Cassels is friends with him. He has about 940 Twitter followers. One of them is Horvat.
“We played U17s together and growing up when we were 14, 15, we played a couple tournaments together,” Cassels explained when asked. “It’s pretty cool that we ended up in the same place.” You’ll recall that Horvat was also pretty close with Hunter Shinkaruk. Perhaps the Canucks are drafting a stable of super friends this year?
Third, Cole is the son of former Canuck Andrew Cassels, who played with the club from 1999 to 2002. Asked if Cassels blood is blue and green, Cole said just blue, pointing out that when his dad played, the Canucks were rocking blue and burgundy sweaters. Some have said that the hiring of John Tortorella heralded a return to the Mike Keenan era.
But it isn’t the Mike Keenan era without a Cassels.
5:08 PM (DW) – Andrew Cassels scored 168 points in three seasons with the Canucks, including 50 points in 53 games in 2000-01. His son doesn’t have the offensive pedigree but reportedly has a strong two-way game and some untapped offensive potential. He was ranked 84th overall by The Hockey News, 117th by Corey Pronman.
5:01 PM (DW) – Here’s Cassels’ player profile from MyNHLDraft.com:
On a roster laden with offensive talents such as that of the Oshawa Generals, it is refreshing to see a player such as Cole Cassels flourish, one who prides himself on being more of an agitator and is a strong penalty killer. The son of former NHL player Andrew Cassels, Cole does not employ the same point production that his father had during his OHL career with the Ottawa 67′s, but he has found himself to be useful in other ways. Cassels thrives on playing a physical game that allows him to be one of the more feared players on the ice when he is out there. He has really good skating ability and he is as tenacious as they come. His defensive game is quite sound and he has already demonstrated the leadership that his father had during his professional career. Cassels will find himself elevated to the top two lines in Oshawa next year with veterans such as Boone Jenner, Lucas Lessio and Scott Sabourin all leaving after this year. A player much like Sabourin himself, Cassels could surely find himself becoming more of an offensive producer as his ice time increases, especially if he is given the opportunity to play with Philadelphia Flyers first-rounder Scott Laughton, if the latter does not remain in the NHL next season. Cassels is a model teammate and he plays with such energy that it rubs off on all of his teammates.
4:59 PM (DW) – Cassels scored 43 points in 64 games for the Oshawa Generals last season.
4:52 PM (DW) – With the 85th pick, the Canucks selected Cole Cassels, the son of Andrew Cassels. Corey Pronman describes him as a “do it all guy” who “needs to develop more of a stand out tool to be an NHLer.”
4:48 PM (DW) – Cory Schneider being interviewed on TSN right now.
“It’s tough to leave a place like Vancouver.”
“I was hoping to spend the rest of my career in Vancouver.”
“I’m sure he’ll [Luongo] find a way to continue playing at a high level.”
4:18 PM (HM) – NEWARK — Mike Gillis didn’t come out and say that moving Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo was an unfortunate Plan B. That’s not really his way. But when asked if the decision came after exhausting the possibilities on Roberto Luongo, he responded by explaining that the new CBA basically ruined the tradeability of Roberto Luongo’s contract.
That seems like a yes to me.
4:11 PM (HM) – Via Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski, here’s Mike Gillis talking about the Cory Schneider trade:
4:02 PM (DW) – Still another 38 picks until the Canucks select again, at which point they’ll pick someone Canucks fans have never heard of and everyone will crash Google trying to find out who the heck he is.
3:41 PM (DW) – Canucks fans will be happy to know that Dave Bolland is heading east, as the Toronto Maple Leafs traded their third and fourth round picks this year and a fourth in 2014 to the Chicago Blackhawks for the defensive centre.
3:05 PM (HM) - NEWARK — Hunter Shinkaruk fell down the board a bit. Most mock drafts had him projected to be taken somewhere in the teens. Instead, the Alberta-born winger was passed over by 23 teams, including the home province Calgary Flames, before the Canucks snapped him up with their second first-round pick.
He didn’t seem to mind having to wait.
“I think I was a little bit nervous,” he said of his name going uncalled as the round dragged on. “[But] at the end of the day, I’m so excited to be a first-round draft pick in the NHL.”
“To go to a team that’s not on a downward slope is something that’s a huge honour,” he said, in what we can only hope was a zinger on Calgary. “I’m just so excited to have this jersey on right now.
So excited. You’d have thought the Canucks had drafted a Pointer Sister with many times the beaming Shinkaruk used that phrase, which came up at least 10 times in his first five minutes in front of the media throng.
Shinkaruk said he and the Canucks had only met once before they selected him, which makes some sense, since they likely didn’t think the small but skilled winger would be available at 24.
He’s actually more familiar with Bo Horvat.
“We have the same agency and we’ve kind of hung out together for the last two years,” Shinkaruk said. “He’s a great kid and I’m really excited to have the chance to play with him.”
He’s also familiar with Vancouver.
“I actually played spring hockey for a team out of Vancouver when I was young, so, pretty accustomed to the area.”
3:02 PM (DW) – You can read my take on the selection of Hunter Shinkaruk while you wait for the Canucks’ next pick, which doesn’t come until the third round.
2:45 PM (DW) – Duthie spoke to Luongo on the phone and described him as being in shock, saying that he thought his time in Vancouver was done. That’s a completely understandable reaction. Fortunately, he has several months to absorb the news.
2:28 PM (DW) – Canucks select Hunter Shinkaruk with the 24th overall pick, a player ranked 14th overall by Bob McKenzie.
2:19 PM (DW) - A little bit lost in the hubbub is the fact that the Canucks have a second pick in the first round. The 24th overall pick is coming up…
1:46 PM (DW) – There’s a lot of talk on Twitter and a little on TV about the fact that Mike Gillis didn’t talk to Roberto Luongo before trading Schneider. I’m honestly not sure why that’s an issue at all. Luongo was upset because he wasn’t a number one goaltender in Vancouver. Now he is. What’s the issue?
1:30 PM (DW) – It may be hard to process all of this right now, but we’ve done our best. Read our take on the Schneider/Horvat trade.
1:02 PM (DW) – With the 9th pick, the Canucks select Bo Horvat. That basically makes this a direct Schneider-for-Horvat trade. I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big fan of this pick. Horvat is hyped as a strong two-way centre, but he scored under a point-per-game during the regular season for the London Knights. More to come.
12:58 PM (DW) – Holy motherless goats. Cory Schneider has been traded to the New Jersey Devils for the 9th overall pick. Wow.
12:44 PM (DW) - Another trade before the Oilers pick Darnell Nurse, as the Wild trade Cal Clutterbuck to the Islanders for Nino Neiderreiter. There goes any possibility of the Canucks acquiring Neiderreiter in a Luongo/DiPietro deal.
12:40 PM (DW) - The Flames, who have been a source of comedy in past drafts, make a safe selection with Sean Monahan. Disappointing from a Canucks perspective.
12:27 PM (DW) – With the fourth overall pick, the Nashville Predators select Seth Jones. He definitely wasn’t expected to fall that far. I know some Predators fans were really hoping for an elite forward for once, but Jones provides a nice boost to the Predators’ defence with Ryan Suter gone. Heck, you could see him alongside Shea Weber as early as next season.
12:16 PM (DW) – I won’t be talking about every draft pick here, but I have to comment on Dale Tallon wasting no time making his pick. Didn’t thank New Jersey, didn’t congratulate Chicago, just got down to business and picked Aleksander Barkov. Both teams passing on Seth Jones, the consensus number one heading into the draft.
12:10 PM (DW) – To the surprise of no one, the Avalanche get the draft started by picking Nathan MacKinnon. Here we go.
12:07 PM (DW) – Gary Bettman gets mercilessly booed by the New Jersey fans attending the draft, responds with “I love your energy.” That kind of stuff almost makes me want to like the guy. Almost. The fans thankfully stopped booing and applauded for the tribute to Don Baizley, then went straight back to booing. Well done, New Jersey.
11:48 AM (DW) – The first trade of the day: The San Jose Sharks acquire Tyler Kennedy from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a late second round pick. Helps the Penguins clear some space for the expected Kris Letang contract.
11:41 AM (DW) - Twenty minutes before the draft officially starts, TV’s Cake Boss comes out with a giant Martin Brodeur cake. It has a massive, disconcerting smile and is way, way skinnier than the real Martin Brodeur.
11:37 AM (DW) - James Duthie estimates that the first round of the draft will take about three hours, which means the Canucks likely won’t be picking until 2:30 in the afternoon, unless they move up with a trade. Main reason it’s going to take so long: every team thanking New Jersey for hosting, congratulating Chicago on the Stanley Cup, and giving a shout-out to their fans hosting a draft party at Bobby’s Bargain Burger Barn.
11:25 AM (DW) - TSN is showing Bob McKenzie’s draft rankings right now. At 24th overall, McKenzie has Andre Burakowsky, who is generally ranked higher in other rankings. He’s a little difficult to project, as he didn’t get much ice time for Malmo in Sweden last season, but as a left winger with speed, skill, and grit, he certainly fits the Canucks’ needs.
11:06 AM (DW) – Not going to lie: spending my time waiting for the draft to start watching the Blue Jays play the Red Sox. After watching Mark Buehrle get smacked all over Fenway, any terrible moves from the Canucks at the draft will seem amazing in comparison.Tags: Live Blog Extravaganza