round gem late in NHL draft
Thomas Drance, Special To The Sun, writes from Pittsburgh:
Many expected fireworks from the Canucks and General Manager Mike Gillis on the first day of the NHL draft, but as the dust settled on Friday night the Canucks didn move up or down in the first round and, more importantly, Roberto Luongo remained on Vancouver roster. The Canucks held onto their first round pick, the twenty sixth overall selection, and chose hulking center Brendan Gaunce, a 6 207 pound forward from the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.
Gaunce is already extremely large for his age, but he could get even bigger. had my big growth spurt after bantam, when I was about 10 he says, I don really have very much hair on my face or my chest, so I hoping I have another growth spurt in me. The Canucks are probably hoping for the same, as they actively tried to acquire bigger forwards over the past twelve months adding the likes of Zack Kassian and David Booth to the roster, while drafting two hundred pounders like Nicklas Jensen hollister clothing , Joseph Labate, Alexandre Grenier and now Gaunce.
Gaunce described his game as and assured the media that he takes a lot of p hollister clothing ride in the defensive side of the game. He was the third Canadian forward drafted on Friday night, and the highest ranked Canadian forward going into Pittsburgh this weekend. While the Canucks were conservative on Friday night, it looks like they may have picked up a steal in Brendan Gaunce. Certainly he represents excellent value that late in the first round.
Much has been made of Gillis inabili hollister clothing ty to find an NHL player on day one of the draft, but his performance on day two has been much more promising. While Gillis day two selections and he made twenty two of them in four previous drafts have played in only a combined three NHL games over the past five seasons, all of them by Yan Sauve in 2010 11, several of his players have flashed upside well beyond their draft slot. Three in particular are Sudbury defenseman Frank Corrado, Merrimack Warriors goaltender Joe Cannata and former Halifax Mooseheads forward Alexandre Grenier.
Grenier, the 90th overall pick in last years draft, is a late bloomer from Laval Quebec. The Canucks picked the massive winger after only a half season of Major Junior Hockey, and he improved his game immensely since. ESPN Corey Pronman describes him as big man who can skate and handle the puck, and praises his growth over the past season: year, Q scouts I talked too didn call him a skill guy Now there little doubt among anyone I talk to whose seen him recently: he a skilled player. Pronman projects Grenier as having an outside shot at developing into a bulky, top six winger not bad for a guy picked in the third round.
Another late pick on day two of the draft last year was Frank Corrado, who the Canucks tapped with the 150th pick in the 2011 Entry Draft. Corrado is a somewhat under sized defenseman who has gone from playing limited minutes on Sudbury third pairing to a nominee for OHL defenseman of the year in a span of 15 months. Pronman describes Corrado and hockey sense as NHL level already, and predicts that Corrado could play tough minutes in an NHL top four if he can add strength, though not necessarily bulk. isn an issue, strength is though.
Perhaps Gillis most promising second day selection, however, is goaltender Joe Cannata. Cannata was picked in the 6th round, 173rd overall in 2009 and is expected to start for Vancouver AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves next season. The Wakefield Massachusetts native nearly carried an otherwise woeful Merrimack team to the Frozen Four playoffs this past season, and his stock is extremely high among scouts and goaltending coaches around the league.
Cannata goaltending coach is Brian Daccord of Stop it Goaltending, who has also worked with Vancouver Cory Schneider. Daccord describes Cannata as a goaltender with tremendous whose to fill the net sets him apart from most goaltenders his age. Cannata has improved his puck handling, and earns praise for his technique, but it his personality that gives him a chance to be an impact player at the NHL level. Says Daccord via e mail: Cannata was in a house on fire, he would probably stop in the kitchen to make himself a sandwich on his way out.
Between the three of them Cannata, Corr hollister clothing ado and Grenier all have a better than average shot at significantly outperforming their draft slot for the Canucks. In a salary capped league where parity rules, that could prove extremely valuable down the line. On Saturday morning in Pittsburgh, Mike Gillis and the Canucks will look to find a few more day steals to add to the Canucks subtly impressive pool of talent. GolfLast post May 9, 2014Cole’s NotesLast post Jan 14, 2011Collectibles: Inside the sports bagLast post Oct 15, 2012CyclingLast post Aug 14, 2013FootballLast post Feb 13, 2014HockeyLast post May 2, 2014MMALast post Sep 13, 2012OlympicsLast post Jul 17, 2012SoccerLast post May 5, 2014Winter SportsLast post Feb 23, 2014STAFF Blog SectionsBusinessLast post May 7, 2014DrivingLast post Aug 16, 2013EntertainmentLast post May 8, 2014EnvironmentLast post May 1, 2014HealthLast post Apr 29, 2014LifeLast post May 10, 2014NewsLast post May 10, 2014OpinionLast post Apr 17, 2014PoliticsLast post May 8, 2014SportsLast post May 9, 2014TechnologyLast post May 8, 2014Category cloud
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