Only 5 picks in the 2012 Entry Draft? What happened to the mid-round picks? Some of that went to Columbus to acquire Samuel Pahlsson. That went well, hey? Here we go!
ROUND 1 (26th): Brendan Gaunce (C)
Yeah, the hunt for bonafide center was on, so Mike Giilis dove into the OHL and selected Gaunce late in the 1st round. With the Belleville Bulls of the OHL he was a point-per-game player. He got a brief stint with the Canucks in late October of this season after Brandon Prust was injured, scoring his 1st NHL goal in a brief 2-game NHL stint:
From there I would think that the coach preferred the play of Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen down the middle over Gaunce, and a couple of you readers had remembered the Canucks wanting Gaunce to get a full season under his belt on the farm. He was soon sent back down to Utica. He has 12 goals and 24 points in 34 games this season, which is pretty solid for the 2-way centerman. At 6'2" and 207 pounds, I think we have to be happy with his development so far.
Round 2 (57th): Alexandre Mallet (C)
Mallet is a feisty and solid forward who put together an amazing 34-goal, 81 points in 68 games with the Rimouski Oceanic in 2011-12. Here's the power forward that we need! Nah. After that season, Mallet did not make a serious impact in the AHL. Sure, he kicked ass in the ECHL, where he still had put up almost a point per game status. But at the AHL level he was really only a 4th line fighter. I can't say goon anymore because of John Scott.
On November 2015 the Canucks traded Mallet to the Islander for Andrey Pedan. From there it gets worse for Mallet, via Hockey's Future:
Mallet signed an ECHL contract with Kalamazoo in August 2015 after not receiving a qualifying offer from the New York Islanders. The 23-year-old has time to put his game together but at this point it is equally likely he spends the rest of his career at the minor pro level or heads to Europe if he receives a lucrative offer.
Done. Tragic.Sad though, I thought this guy had a chance.
Round 5 (147th): Ben Hutton (D)
Central Scouting had ranked Hutton 200th amongst North American players prior to the draft. The rewards of drafting Hutton, and getting him that late are really showing this season. Hutton impressed at camp last summer and has stuck with the Canucks team, the 22 year-old's skating, skill, smart play has mostly been prevalent this season and it has been a terrific surprise. Did you know he was originally a left-winger in the CCHL before being converted to a defenceman? His offensive instincts served him well as an offensive defenceman for his CCHL and NCAA hockey teams. You can definitely see some of that offensive flair from him with the Canucks.
After being drafted by the Canucks, Hutton stayed with Maine in the NCAA for 3 years, scoring 28 goals and 65 points in 108 games.
He played 4 games with the Utica Comets after the 2014-15 NCAA season ended. Ever since then he has been with the Canucks team.
As you can see from those stats, he hasn't played this many single season games since 2010-11.
Hutton scored his first NHL goal on January 17:
He's almost always smiling, is a good team guy, and can be a goofball:
Pretty hard not to cheer for this guy isn't it? And we got him in the 5th round....
-2nd-most points among Canucks defencemen this season.
-2 power play assists this season
-his 69 shots also ranks him second among Canucks defencemen behind Alex Edler
-his 18:24 of average ice time per games played per game ranks him 6th among the Canucks d-men.He is 3rd on average power play time on ice behind Edler and Yannick Weber. He is not used much when the Canucks are shorthanded.
-Not an overly physical player at all. His 28 hits ranks him 13th on the team.
-Has the 3rd most blocked shots on the team behind Tanev and Edler.
-5th on the team with giveaways, 2nd on the team with takeaways
Round 6 (177th): Wesley Myron (LW)
Pretty tough to follow up on the Hutton act. This should be relatively short.
Myron was drafted while playing with the Victoria Grizzlies, where he was putting up significant points:
Back in 2012 Myron left the Grizzlies to go to university in Boston and play hockey there. He soon left Boston to resume playing hockey with the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings. He was apparently injured in Utica's training camp in 2014 and that is kind of the end of his story at this point. He is not even listed as having played a game for any team this season. I am not sure what the injury is, but it was not his first major injury. Listed as a 6'2", 200+ pound player, it's unfortunate that his career never came to pass for a Canucks team that need s more size.
Round 7 (207th): Matthew Beattie (RW)
The 6'3", 190 pound winger from New Jersey was putting up good numbers in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League and especially as a punk-ass kid in the United States High School league, where he put up 39 goals and 74 points in 28 games as an 18 year-old when Mike Gillis drafted him. He chose to attend and play hockey for Yale University in the NCAA league the following season, where his numbers have dwindled:
But it was a wise choice for this smart kid to choose to attend Yale, because it appears his hockey career is over.
Zanstorm Rating Of This Draft
Brendan Gaunce looks good in Utica this season, Ben Hutton has maintained a spot on the Canucks D corps, and Alexandre Mallet was traded for Andrey Pedan, who seems to currently be about to get more looks from management. Currently, 3 out of 5 of these drafted players are in play for the Canucks. I'd call this a win. I have high hopes for Gaunce. Hopefully Pedan pans out. I'd say this draft was a Mike Gillis WIN. Well done Mike!