2010 NHL Draft Results: Vancouver Canucks Load Up On Defense and Size

Nucks IceMan@nucksiceman@twitter.comCorrespondent IJune 28, 2010

Well, there were no first through third round entry draft picks for the Canucks this year, but they did get a player in Keith Ballard who can play top minutes on the one through four D-group and step in right away.

That’s more than you would have gotten with the No. 25 pick.

This trade was precipitated due to the fact that the 25th pick that they did have and the players that they liked (Beau Bennett and Jarred Tinordi), were not available having been selected earlier.

The rest is now history, so we move on to the rest of the picks chosen the next day.

With the fourth (Peter McNally), fifth (Adam Polaske), and seventh (Sawyer Hannay - pictured) picks the ‘Nucks loaded up on D-men that had one thing in common.

They are all big and physical. Yes, we know they may not be ready for two to three years and may never play in the NHL, but the more you have the better chances that one will blossom.

With the current crop of D-men that will go to the prospects training camp (Yuan Sauve, Kevin Connauton, Peter Andersson, Christopher Tanev, and Sean Zimmerman just to name a few), this looks promising for a some of these to make it to Manitoba.

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If not Manitoba then they can be stock piled in Victoria (ECHL).

Now that the defense has been addressed for the next couple of years the forward position has still yet to be taken care of.

The buzz these days seems to be all about Cody Hodgson and Jordan Schroeder. I keep hearing about it in the media and from the B/R commentators.

Tell me, how long would have either of these players lasted in the playoffs against a Chicago or Philadelphia third line?  

Neither them are over 6 feet or known as being tough and gritty.

Isn’t the whole exercise in rebuilding the third and fourth lines about the qualities that were exposed in the playoffs?

Surely everyone can fathom and agree that this is a must because if this team is to get to another level it HAS TO be built for the playoffs.

This means not only size and toughness but also talent on the third and fourth lines.

I could spout off a couple of dozen names but instead let’s just say certain types as in an Andrew Ladd, Aaron Asham, and Manny Malhotra.

What I’m not talking about is your Brian McGrattan or Derek Boogaard types.

The players that the Canucks need for their fourth line need to be able to add energy, toughness, grit, and SCORING.

They should also be able to move up to the third line if an injury occurs and be able to provide adequately as that replacement.

The Canucks have not had a fourth line that is a threat to score in recent memory and it’s time that changed if they are serious about a Cup run.

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