OK, so I’m still not over the moon about this trade. I still think we overpaid for Mr.Ballard but I’m coming to terms with it. He does skate well and can put up the points. And he can eat a bunch of minutes and put a little less pressure and ice time on Salo and Edler and Ehrhoff. I do like that Gillis is going all in with the win now mentality. As a Canucks fan, that’s refreshing to see. And I suppose he didn’t want to count on landing a top 4 defenceman at free agency and then lose a bidding war and end up with squat. To me, it’s still a huge contract for a guy that has zero playoff experience but I suppose overpaying often pays off as Chicago showed us this season. I’m not jumping for joy yet but I’ll stop my bitching.
Now, day two the Canucks were actually able to make some picks so let’s have a quick review, shall we?
4th round 115th overall: Patrick McNally a talented American offensive defenceman that will play for Harvard. Put up 35 points in 28 games at prep school. Canucks.com has further analysis with quotes from McNally’s coach and Gillis.
5th round 145th overall: Adam Polasek a Czech defender with a bit of size. He put up 41 points in the QMJHL with the Prince Edward Island Rockets. Again, more details about Polasek can be found at Canucks.com.
6th round at 172 overall: Alex Friesen a quick smart center that put up 60 points in the OHL with the Niagra Ice Dogs. He’s received team awards for academics and humanitarianism.
6th round 175 overall: Jonathan Iilahti a Finnish netminder from Vaasa, Finland. He played on three different junior teams in Finland last season with a .921 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average, and a .904 save percentage and 2.47 goals against average. He’s rumoured to start for Finland in the world juniors next December.
7th round 205 overall: Sawyer Hannay a 6’4” solid defenceman who loves to play physical. He put up 6 points and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games for Halifax in the QMJHL. He already has a page on hockeyfights.com.