Vancouver Canucks: Late Draft Picks Nothing to Overlook

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Vancouver Canucks: Late Draft Picks Nothing to Overlook
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Yesterday, I published an article which analyzed what the Vancouver Canucks draft picks meant for the future of the franchise. 

In the article, I focused on the Canucks' first round pick of Brendan Gaunce. The reason is that as you get into the later rounds, it's impossible to predict whether or not they will make it to the NHL, let alone perform in a way that impacts the future of the team. 

But that isn't to say these players can't or won't make it. 

On TSN's draft coverage, they listed other notable pick from the same position. For example, the 26th overall pick where Brendan Gaunce was selected also has David Perron, Cory Schneider and Brian Boyle listed as notable No. 26s. 

TSN does this for the first round and the first round only, for the same reason I didn't bother to speculate what the later picks could mean for the Vancouver Canucks; it's simply too hard to predict. 

But in doing that, we don't see Patrik Elias, Patrick Sharp, Pavel Datsyuk or any of the other late round stars. 

The players mentioned, along with many others have proven that late picks are nothing to scoff at. Getting picked late means you have less talent and potential than the first-round guys, but getting selected in the NHL entry draft puts you at an elite level to begin with, and anything can happen from there on out. 

The following takes a look at notable players picked 57th, 147th, 177th, and 207th as were the Nucks' later picks of Alexandre Mallet, Ben Hutton, Wesley Myron, and Matthew Beattie. 

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