New York Islanders: Four Teams Who Need A First Round Pick
Oh how the mighty have fallen. From back-to-back President’s Trophy winners in 2010-11 and 2011-12 to borderline laughing stock of the league. You can thank Colorado for that one.
The Vancouver Canucks need to do two things for the betterment of their hockey club.
First, they need to start acquiring some young cheap talent to round out their squad. Bo Horvat is a great player to have. Until you remember he wasn’t a natural Canucks pick. He came from the Cory Schneider trade to the Devils.
You know. The goaltender that’s averaged a .919 SV% and 2.32 GAA since being traded to the Devils. That guy.
But outside of Bo Horvat, the pickings are slim. The fate the of the Canucks seem to rest on how Olli Juolevi pans out. Back-to-back 42 point seasons in the OHL is great but it remains to be seen how that pans out at the NHL level.
Just like Colorado, the Canucks could use the extra pick in the first round not only to add another top level prospect, they could use it to trade up into the top three. After what seemed to be a lock for a top three pick at the lottery failed miserably when they were bumped to fifth in the draft.
The second thing the Vancouver Canucks need to do? Get out from under that $14 million they’re paying to Daniel and Henrik Sedin. 2018 can’t come soon enough for Vancouver.