The Vancouver Canucks have had a history of picking high in the NHL Entry
Draft. Since 1980, the Canucks have had 12 Top 10 picks. Even though the
order is not determined yet, the Canucks will get a mid-20’s pick. Players like Jeff Tambellini, Dan Fritsche, Jeff Carter and Richard
Stehlik could be available at that slot.
This year is one of the deepest draft in years. Who
ever they take would probably be in the Top 15 in last year’s draft. Last year the Canucks took Kirill Kotslov with their first pick out of Avangard
Omsk. Here is a look at the Canucks first picks since 1987.
Canucks top picks since 1987, with 2003
NOTE: Stats come from team he played most games with.
N/A: Played in 2002-03 seaon; Stats Unaviliable
Five of the 16 top picks by Vancouver are still with the organization.
Some have been traded for other players who are contributing. Next a look
at trades of those picks that have worked out for the better.
1991 top pick Alek Stojanov never turned out to become much of a NHL player. On March
20, 1996, the Canucks sent the highly regarded prospect for Markus Naslund, a
trade which seemed to be in Pittsburgh’s favor at the time. It never
turned out that way. Here are both players’ stats in their
first and last full seasons with his new club:
Markus Naslund (Vancouver): Naslund
turned it on after getting picked up by Vancouver becoming a All-Star and
Naslund’s Stats in his first and last full season with
|First Season with VAN||1996-97||78||21||20||41||30|
|Last Season with VAN||2002-03||82||48||56||104||52|
Alek Stojanov (Pittsburgh): The guy who was supposed to be the
Pens’ star of the future didn’t turn out too well and played only 45 games
Stojanov’s Stats in his two seasons with the Penguins
|First Season with PIT||1995-96||10||1||0||1||7|
|Last Season with PIT||1996-97||35||1||4||5||79|
In 1983, Cam Neely was a excellent pick by the Canucks and was immediately
expected to be a all-star. Things didn’t work out as quickly as expected,
and they sent Neely and their first round choice in 1987 (Glen Wesley) to Boston
for Barry Peterson. Here are their stats in their first and last full season
with their new club:
Cam Neely (Boston): Like in the Naslund-Stojanov trade, Neely
immediately became a star upon his arrival and played in his first All-Star game in 1988. Neely played in
five All-Star games and recorded back-to-back
90 point season in 1989-90 and 1990-91. Neely was forced to retire
at the conclusion of the 1995-96 season due to an injury-plagued season.
Neely’s Stats in his first and last full season with
|First Season with BOS||1986-87||75||36||36||72||143|
|Last Season with BOS||1990-91||69||51||40||91||98|
1st Round Pick, Glen Wesley (Boston): Wesley was chose to the
NHL’s All-Rookie team in 1988 and was chosen to his first and only all-star
game the following season. Wesley developed into one of the premier defensemen
in the NHL and now patrols the line for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Wesley’s Stats in his first and last full season with
|First Season with BOS||1987-88||79||7||30||37||69|
|Last Season with BOS||1993-94||81||14||44||58||64|
Barry Pederson (Vancouver): Upon his arrival, Pederson had three strong seasons in Vancouver before being dealt to Pittsburgh.
Pederson’s Stats in his first and last full season with
|First Season with VAN||1986-87||79||24||52||76||50|
|Last Season with VAN||1988-89||62||15||26||41||22|
*Note: A player must play at least 60 games to
consitute a full season