A few days ago we polled the NM faithful as to who they wanted to see picked in round one and the answer was a blueliner. So congrats folks, you win!
Moving on to day #2. Gillis doesn't have a pick until the fourth round but that isn't stopping him from trying to move up. Rumors towards the end of the yesterday suggested Bieksa for a pick could be in the works with a team like Boston who have two second round picks. If he stands pat, Vancouver won't make a selection until the fourth round (#115) followed by a fifth (#145), two in the sixth (#172 & #175) and one in the seventh (#205).
For the sake of comparison, notable Vancouver selections from deeper in the draft include Pavel Bure (#113, 6th round, 1989), Gino Odjick (#86, 5th round, 1990), Adrian Aucoin (#117, 5th round, 1992), Scott Walker (#124, 5th round, 1993) Brent Sopel (#144, 6th round, 1995), Matt Cooke (#144, 6th round, 1997), Bieksa (#151, 5th round, 2001), Jannik Hansen (#287, 9th round, 2004) and bubble prospects Sergei Shirokov (#163, 6th round, 2006) and Prab Rai (#131, 5th round, 2008).
Should be another interesting day around the league and a nice build up heading into next week's frenzy.