With the next landmark in the NHL offseason being the entry draft, we will present for you Canuck draft stories, both the successful and the disastrous. Of course, in this town, it would seem that we’ve had much more of the latter, but until we’ve investigated that matter fully, which you know we will, we’ll aim to be balanced offering up both the booms and the busts. So let’s get started, in no particular order:
Boondoggle - Jason Herter - An 8th overall pick in the 1989 draft, the highly touted skill defenseman played ONE NHL game. While no means the only flop of the 1989 first round, he was the biggest. When the Canucks have drafted defenseman with their first pick, the results have not been great. While some wound up as servicable NHL’ers, there wasn’t a star player (save one possible exception) among any of them. Players that went after Herter in that year’s draft included Bobby Holik, Mike Sillinger, Olaf Kolzig, Adam Foote, Nicklas Lidstrom (in the 3rd round!), Kris Draper, Sergei Fedorov (4th round!), Dallas Drake and Vladimir Konstantinov. The Red Wings, as usual, had done their homework.
Boon - Pavel Bure - The Canucks redeemed themselves in the same draft by using their sixth round pick to nab the Russian Rocket. His career needs no further description other than to say he should be the Canucks’ first Hall of Famer, but that’s another rant for another day. The Canucks managed this feat since most teams thought he was ineligible. It was a worthy gamble with a 6th round pick; an aggressive strategy that we need to see more of.
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