Vancouver enters the 2015 NHL Entry Draft not terribly dissimilar to this time last year: questions about the direction of the team (rebuilding vs retooling), who are the main talents in net and what of their aging defensive and offensive cores?
Here's what we know: Benning is looking to deal one goalie and potentially a defenseman (current rumors are Bieksa) before the draft starts or before he makes his first round selection. We also know Vancouver has no second or third round picks, so after the 23rd pick they need to rest until the 114 spot of the fourth round, likely a bit too long for a draft sycophant like Benning. We also know the bottleneck in goal may not resolve itself until the Cam Talbot domino falls - something outside of Benning's control - so we'll get a good idea of his itchy trigger finger here in the process.
What Benning does in the next 48 hours will be instrumental for the make-up of this team for the next 10 months and beyond. Keep your eye on this stream for updates.
BB&T Center | Sunrise, Florida, USA
Round 1: Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Television: NBCSN (USA), Sportsnet (Canada)
Rounds 2-7: Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. ET
Television: NHL Network (USA), Sportsnet (Canada)
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The 1st round draft order
subject to change, of course
- New Jersey
- San Jose
- Los Angeles → Boston
- Calgary → Boston
- Pittsburgh → Edmonton
- NY Islanders → Buffalo → Ottawa
- Nashville → Toronto
- St. Louis → Buffalo → Winnipeg
- NY Rangers → Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay → Philadelphia
- Chicago → Arizona