VANCOUVER, B.C. – The winds of change has blown through Vancouver with Alan Vigneault being fired as Head Coach and the very colourful John “Torts” Tortorella being named his replacement. No matter what Tortorella knows he has to turn the Canucks around and win in the next season or two before his window shuts.
General Manager Mike Gillis has been promising changes to the Canucks roster over the offseason. With his offseason press conference Gillis was quoted as saying, “Clearly the landscape has changed and we need to address those changes going forward. We don’t have a choice. We need to get younger.”
The old age question, how much younger? Roberto Luongo, the Sedin twins, Alex Burrows, and Chris Higgins just to name a few players who are 30-years old or older. They have some up and coming prospects but no young impact players.
The Canucks may have some holes at center and some depth at left wing, they are considered thin where it pertains to players with top-six upside. To make matters worse there isn’t too much excitement at Vancouver’s draft table. They pick 24th overall in the first round then sit around until the 85th pick overall in the 3rd round after moving its second round pick to the Dallas Stars.
You can bet that Gillis will maintain the 24th slot at the draft and pick the best player available.
So, with that said, expect to hear the following announcement come draft day from Gillis.
“With the 24th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Vancouver Canucks select Alexander Wennberg, from Djurgarden of the Swedish Allvenskan.”