Crap Shoot City: 2010 NHL Entry Draft Open Thread

20 years ago the Canucks had maybe the worst draft in their history. Seriously. Couldn't possibly happen again right? Of course not.

Update (3:30 PM): Matthew Sekeres is tweeting that Florida is asking Mike Gillis for the Canucks' 25th pick in exchange for defenceman Keith Ballard. Bob McKenzie is more or less confirming this. (h/t andrew21nz)

Update: As we get closer to the buzzer, be sure to check out Western College Hockey Blog as they have compiled a great list of prospect profiles. Most of the notables should be there.

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crap·shoot (kraps̸ho̵̅o̅t′)

noun

- a situation or undertaking whose outcome involves a high probability of failure or loss; gamble

Such is the vibe we get from our bossman heading into the 48th NHL Entry Draft tonight starting at 7 PM ET (Versus in the U.S., TSN in Canada). Saturday's action includes rounds 2-7 and will begin at 1 PM ET on the NHL Network.

Though Gillis doesn't think it's a great year for blueliners, our pulse check yesterday overwhelmingly indicates we'd like to see one scooped up at #25. Of course guys will slide up and down and it's always possible Gillis owns his crap shoot by taking Kirill Kabanov if he's available. Vancouver doesn't stand in the strongest of bargaining positions but anything can happen.

Time for Gillis to shine or - failing that - not stumble off a cliff.

Here's a recap of the moves made in the past few days (we'll update this as needed):

We'll add the picks up on the top once the show gets underway. If you see any credible rumors or tweets, drop 'em in the comments.

Nice to have something to look forward to again, eh?

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