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Luongo_islanders_medium I thought I'd list off where, when and by whom the current Canucks squad was drafted. I added some retro links to the players as well. (Players' age in brackets). Just a little eye candy for you. Enjoy.

ROBERTO LUONGO (30): Drafted in the first round, 4th overall by the Islanders in the 1997 draft.

-Interview with Hockey's Future after his rookie season in Florida (March 2001).

-Hockey's Future's rookie season review for Lou (April 2001).

ANDREW RAYCROFT (29): Drafted in the 5th round, 135th overall by the Bruins in the 1998 Entry Draft.

-Raycroft gets his chance in Boston (January 2003). He went on to win the Calder Trophy after that season.

KEVIN BIEKSA (28): Drafted in the 5th round, 151st overall in the 2001 Entry Draft.

-Attributes much of his success to playing with Willie Mitchell (August 2007).

ALEXANDER EDLER (23): Drafted in the 3rd round, 91st overall in the 2004 Entry Draft.

-Graded 8/10 by Hockey's Future.

CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (27): Drafted in the 4th round, 106th overall by the Sharks in the 2001 Entry Draft.

-Hockey's Future talks with Ehrhoff before his first season with the Sharks (October 2003).

WILLIE MITCHELL (32): Drafted 199th overall in the 8th round by the Devils in 1996.

-"should have many 40 point maybe more seasons to come."- Hockey's Future, June 2001. It's OK to laugh.

SHANE O'BRIEN (26): Drafted in the 8th round, 250th overall by the (Mighty) Ducks in the 2003 Draft.

-Still a fair distance away from being able to be trusted with any significant minutes at the NHL level, the first step to establishing himself as an NHL-caliber player will be reducing the number of penalties he takes.- Hockey's Future, August 2006. Heheh. Doing a fine job now though, SOB!

AARON ROME (26): Drafted in the 4th round, 104th overall by the Kings in the 2002 Entry Draft.

-"His window of opportunity is quickly closing."- Hockey's Future, June 2008. Hey shutup! I like this guy!

Salo_sens_medium SAMI SALO (35): Drafted in the 9th round (239th overall) by the Senators in the 1996 Entry Draft.

-According to this guy, one of the reasons the Sens traded Salo to Vancouver was because of his inability to stay healthy. He had missed 130 games in his first 3 years as a Sen. Well isn't that special?

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Sedins_1999_medium HENRIK SEDIN (29): Selected in round 1 (3rd overall) by the Canucks in 1999.

-Sedin-Sedin-Weinhandl. The best offensive and defensive line for Modo (October 1999).

DANIEL SEDIN (29): Selected in round 1 (2nd overall) by the Canucks in (duh) the 1999 Draft.

-Puck control and twintuition.

ALEXANDRE BURROWS (28): Undrafted. Signed as a free agent by the Canucks on November 9, 2005.

-"Confusion and chaos at the net is Burrows’ style, and it’s worked well for him. While not posting excessive numbers himself, he creates opportunities for the team." -Hockey's Future, December 2004.

RYAN KESLER (25): Drafted in the 1st round, 23rd overall by the Canucks in 2003.

-Feature article on Kesler (July 2003).

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PAVOL DEMITRA
(35): Selected in the 9th round, 227th overall by the Senators in the 1993 NHL Draft.

-In August 1996 the Senators traded Demitra to the Blues for some schmo named Christer Olsson. Little did they know what talent they had in Demo. Also,  I had forgotten that Demo won the Lady Byng Trophy in 2000.

MASON RAYMOND (24): Drafted in the 2nd round, 51st overall by the Canucks in 2005.

-Raymond's player profile at Hockey's Future.

KYLE WELLWOOD (26): Selected in the 5th round (134th overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2001 Entry Draft.

-"Gretzky-like vision". Wellwood interview with Hockey's Future (December 2002).

MIKAEL SAMUELSSON (33): Drafted in the 5th round, 145th overall by the Sharks in 1998.

-Samuelsson's day with the Cup.

-Samuelsson was part of the deal that sent Adam Graves out of Manhattan.

STEVE BERNIER (24): Selected in the 1st round (16th overall) by the Sharks in 2003.

-Back in August 2006, Hockey's Future rated Bernier an 8.0, saying he had excellent hands but had to work on his speed and skating. Nowadays...

TANNER GLASS (26): Drafted in the 9th round, 265th overall by the Panthers in the 2003 Draft.

-Fierce competitor. Glass' player profile at Hockey's Future.

DARCY HORDICHUK (29): Selected in the 6th round, 180th overall by the Thrashers in the 2000 NHL Draft.

-Hordichuk has a cool website that has not been updated this season.

RICK RYPIEN (25): Never drafted. Signed as a free agent by the Canucks in November 2005.

-Rypien player profile at Hockey's Future.

-Rypien's year-by-year fight totals at Hockeyfights.com.

RYAN JOHNSON (33): Drafted in the 2nd round, 36th overall by the Panthers in 1994.

-Scratching and clawing for a roster spot, even in Florida (October 1999). \

JANNIK HANSEN (23): Drafted in the 9th round, 287th overall by the Canucks in 2004.

-Hansen's profile page at Hockey's Future.