Photos: Canucks first-round flops or farmed out

 

The Vancouver Canucks have had a checkered history over the last 30 years when it comes to the top end of the NHL Entry Draft. Here are the first round picks who either flamed out or found most of their success elsewhere.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Jordan Schroeder, 2009, 22nd overall &#8212; six goals, nine assists for 15 points in 55 NHL regular season games to date (April 3, 2014) for the centre.</div>
 

Jordan Schroeder, 2009, 22nd overall — six goals, nine assists for 15 points in 55 NHL regular season games to date (April 3, 2014) for the centre.

Photograph by: Dale MacMillan, Getty Images

 
<div id="page1">Jordan Schroeder, 2009, 22nd overall &#8212; six goals, nine assists for 15 points in 55 NHL regular season games to date (April 3, 2014) for the centre.</div>
Cody Hodgson, 2008, 10th overall &#8212; 52 goals, 63 assists for 115 points in 204 NHL regular season games to date (April 3, 2014) for the centre. Started showing offensive potential before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres on NHL trade deadline day in 2012. Tyler Myers (Buffalo), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa) and Jordan Eberle (Edmonton) among the players picked after Hodgson in the first round in 2008.
Patrick White, 2007, 25th overall &#8212; The centre never played an NHL game. White&#8217;s rights were traded to the San Jose Sharks as part of the Christian Ehrhoff deal in 2009. David Perron (St. Louis, now with Edmonton) was picked immediately after White, and P.K. Subban (Montreal) and Wayne Simmonds (Los Angeles, now with Philadelphia) were among those taken in the second round.
Michael Grabner (on the left), 2006, 14th overall &#8212; 87 goals, 54 assists for 141 points in 282 NHL regular season games to date (April 3, 2014) for the winger, mainly with the New York Islanders. Showed some offensive potential before being traded to the Florida Panthers as part of the Keith Ballard deal on NHL draft day in 2010.
Cory Schneider, 2004, 26th overall &#8212; 69 wins in 139 NHL regular season games, 2.16 goals-against average and 12 shutouts to date (April 3, 2014). Shared the William Jennings Trophy with Roberto Luongo in 2010-11. Traded to the New Jersey Devils on NHL draft day in 2013.
R.J. Umberger, 2001, 16th overall &#8212; 169 goals, 196 assists for 365 points in 670 NHL regular season games to date (April 3, 2014) for the centre, mainly with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Umberger couldn&#8217;t reach an agreement on a contract with the Canucks, who traded his rights to the New York Rangers in March 2004.
Nathan Smith, 2000, 23rd overall &#8212; Zero points in 26 NHL regular season games for the centre, four of which were with the Vancouver Canucks. Brad Boyes (Toronto, now with Florida), Steve Ott (Dallas, now with St. Louis) and Nicklas Kronwall (Detroit) among the players picked after Smith in the first round in 2000.
Bryan Allen, 1998, 4th overall &#8212; 29 goals, 104 assists for 133 points in 705 NHL regular season games to date (April 3, 2014) for the defenceman. Showed decent defensive potential in his early years with the Canucks, then traded to the Florida Panthers as part of the Roberto Luongo deal on the eve of NHL draft day in 2006.
Brad Ference, 1997, 10th overall &#8212; Four goals, 30 assists for 34 points in 250 NHL regular season games for the defenceman, not one of which was for the Vancouver Canucks. He was traded to the Florida Panthers along with Pavel Bure in the multi-player deal in which Ed Jovanovski came to Vancouver in January 1999.
Josh Holden, 1996, 12th overall &#8212; five goals, nine assists for 14 points in 60 NHL regular season games for the centre. Derek Morris (Calgary, now with Phoenix), Dainius Zubrus (Philadelphia, now with New Jersey) and Daniel Briere (Phoenix, now with Montreal) among the players picked after Holden in the first round in 1996.
Mike Wilson, 1993, 20th overall &#8212; 16 goals, 41 assists for 57 points in 336 NHL regular season games for the defenceman. Saku Koivu (Montreal, now with Anaheim) and Todd Bertuzzi (New York Islanders, now with Detroit) among the players picked after Wilson in the first round in 1993.
Libor Polasek, 1992, 21st overall &#8212; The centre never played an NHL game. Interestingly, the Vancouver Canucks&#8217; NEXT pick in that draft &#8212; centre Mike Peca &#8212; went on to play 864 NHL regular season games, scoring 176 goals and 289 assists for 465 points, and win two Frank Selke Trophies as the NHL&#8217;s top defensive forward, but that wasn&#8217;t as a Canuck. Peca got traded after a mere 37 games for Vancouver.
Alex Stojanov, 1991, 7th overall &#8212; Two goals, five assists for seven points in 107 NHL regular season games for the rugged winger. One big plus: Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a young Markus Naslund at the NHL trade deadline in 1996.
Shawn Antoski, 1990, 18th overall &#8212; Three goals, five assists for eight points in 183 NHL regular season games for the rugged winger. Keith Tkachuk (Winnipeg), Martin Brodeur (New Jersey) and Bryan Smolinski (Boston) &#8212; all of whom played in at least 1,000 NHL regular season games &#8212; were drafted immediately after Antoski.
Jason Herter, 1989, 6th overall &#8212; Zero goals, one assist for one point in one NHL regular season game for the defenceman. Bobby Holik (Hartford) and Mike Sillinger (Detroit), both of whom played at least 1,000 NHL regular season games, were taken in the first round after Herter, as were Adam Foote (Quebec) and Patrice Brisebois (Montreal), who were picked in the second round.
Dan Woodley, 1986, 7th overall &#8212; two goals, zero assists for two points in five NHL regular season games for the centre. Brian Leetch (New York Rangers), Scott Young (Hartford) and Tom Fitzgerald (New York Islanders), all of whom played at least 1,000 NHL regular season games, were taken in the first round after Woodley, as were Adam Graves (Detroit) and Teppo Numminen (Winnipeg), who were picked in the second round.
Jim Sandlak, 1985, 4th overall &#8212; 110 goals, 119 assists for 229 points in 549 NHL regular season games for the winger. Sandlak, who cracked the 20-goal mark once in his career, played all but 40 of NHL career games for Vancouver.
J.J. Daigneault (right, on crutches with then-Canucks coach Bill LaForge), 1984 first round, 10th overall &#8212; 53 goals, 197 assists for 250 points in 899 NHL regular season games for the defenceman. Traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1986, Daigneault played for an astonishing 10 teams during his 17-season career in the NHL.
Cam Neely, 1983, 9th overall &#8212; 395 goals, 299 assists, 694 points in 726 NHL regular season games. Lest we forget: The Maple Ridge native was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1986. Needless to say, the power winger is not remembered as a Canuck in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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