Photos: Best and worst Canucks draft picks

 

With the NHL Entry Draft fast approaching, we take a look at the Canucks' sometimes woeful, sometimes wonderful draft record since 1990.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1"><b>2008: Cody Hodgson, C, 10th</b> - Hodgson cracked the Canucks' 2011 playoff roster with 12 appearances in this year's playoff with one assist. His complicated relationship with Canucks management got him shipped to Buffalo in 2012.</div>
 

2008: Cody Hodgson, C, 10th - Hodgson cracked the Canucks' 2011 playoff roster with 12 appearances in this year's playoff with one assist. His complicated relationship with Canucks management got him shipped to Buffalo in 2012.

Photograph by: Dave Sandford, Getty Images files

 
<div id="page1"><b>2008: Cody Hodgson, C, 10th</b> - Hodgson cracked the Canucks' 2011 playoff roster with 12 appearances in this year's playoff with one assist. His complicated relationship with Canucks management got him shipped to Buffalo in 2012.</div>
<b>2007:Patrick White, C, 25th</b> - Drafted as a rising star in the Minnesota high school system and the USHL, White's development slowed at the University of Minnesota, where he scored only 10 points in 27 games last year. His rights were traded to San Jose in 2009 in the Christian Ehrhoff deal.
<b>2006: Michael Grabner, RW, 15th</b> - Grabner looks to be on the breakout track - just not with the Canucks. He scored 34 goals in 76 games with the Islanders last year after being picked up on waivers from Florida, who acquired Grabner in the Keith Ballard trade.
<b>2005: Luc Bourdon, D, 10th</b> - The true potential of Bourdon may never be known after the defenceman was killed in 2008 in a motorcycle crash. He played 27 games with the Canucks in the season prior to his death.
<b>2003: Ryan Kesler, C, 23th</b> - Kes has developed into one of the game's best-known two-way players, winning the 2011 Selke Trophy.
<b>2000: Nathan Smith, C, 23rd</b> - Drafted ahead of NHL regulars like Brad Boyes, Steve Ott, Justin Williams and Niklas Kronwall, Smith played last season in Germany after recording 0 points in 26 NHL games (4 with Vancouver).
<b>1998: Bryan Allen, D, 4th</b> - Part of the deal that brought Roberto Luongo to Vancouver, Allen has been a mainstay on Florida's blueline for five seasons before being traded to Carolina last season.
<b>1997: Brad Ference, D, 10th</b> - Retired in 2008 after being traded to Florida along with Pavel Bure in 1999. Spent parts of six season in the NHL, with 34 points in 250 games.
<b>1994: Mattias Ohlund, D, 13th</b> - A stalwart on Vancouver's blueline until he signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2009. Has played 909 games in the NHL, with 343 points.
<b>1992: Libor Polasek, C, 21st</b> - Considered one of the worst draft busts in NHL history, Polasek never sniffed the NHL and scored a grand total of 20 goals in four seasons in the AHL before being dispatched to the Czech Republic.
<b>1991: Alex Stojanov, RW, 7th</b> - Another draft bust from the Canucks' dubious drafting record in the early 1990s, Stojanov did score 7 points in 107 career NHL points. More importantly, Vancouver was able to get future captain and All-Star Markus Naslund for him in a trade with Pittsburgh.
<b>1990: Petr Nedved, LW, 2nd</b> - One of the least favourite Canuck ever among Vancouver fans, Nedved produced offensively but was deemed soft and lacking in commitment to hockey. A contract dispute in 1994 led to Nedved being signed by St. Louis (who, in return, traded Craig Janney, who was traded back for a trio of players instrumental to the Canucks' 1994 Stanley Cup run).
<b>1990: Shawn Antoski, LW, 18th</b> - Drafted ahead of Keith Tkachuk and Martin Brodeur, Antoski recored a disappointing 8 points in 183 career NHL games before a car accident ended his career in 1997.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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