The Vancouver Canucks organization used the 2012 draft to augment their forward talent levels. Already well-stocked on the back end and between the pipes, forwards with grit and size were added to help balance out the positional depth. With that said, many of the interesting stories shaping up for this season come from players that have already spent time in the team's developmental system.
The Vancouver Canucks' prospect pool may not be considered deep, but the organization has a number of players that project well within the team's puck-possession system. The current roster, laden with veterans drafted by the club, has been carefully chosen out of necessity. The team's regular season success in recent years has forced the organization to pick near the end of each draft round but the system has been improved with shrewd scouting and astute free-agent signings.
The Canucks aren't blessed with an overly deep group of prospects, but there are a few players at the top of the list that have some good potential and upside, the most notable being Nicklas Jensen. There are a lot of project-type players in the system as well, many of whom have a lot of raw and untapped potential. The strength of the organization continues to remain in between the pipes, headlined by Eddie Lack.
The future remains now for the Vancouver Canucks and while they do not have the abundance of blue-chip youngsters like the Edmonton Oilers, the Canucks are not devoid of young talent. However, trading their first three picks in the 2010 entry draft has kept the numbers of CHL players on their depth chart to a minimum. There are some major junior players that GM Mike Gillis and the Canucks feel have the potential to become bona fide NHLers. Some are having strong 2011-12 seasons, others less so.