Glove tap to canuck89 for this ideal graphic for the next few days:
As we've seen in recent years, Vancouver tends to be a bit more interesting leading up to the draft day than on, say, the NHL trade deadline when they can't move a Radim Vrbata for a half-opened bag of unsalted peanuts.
Jim Benning has taken his fair share of criticisms since he coasted in to clean up the Gillis mess, and we have often said it'll take one strong day at the draft to erase much of that knee-jerk hate. Benning's key strength have always been lauded as his scouting, so whether he's steering a ship committed to a legit rebuild or a hybrid retool (ding ding ding!) should be very obvious by the end of the weekend.
Should Vancouver keep the 5th pick, they'll be getting - knock on every piece of wood in sight - a solid prospect that can be part of their post-Sedin identity. We went the Olli Juolevi route, others are casting an eye at Pierre-Luc Dubois route and the allure of Matthew Tkachuk or potential of Edmonton screwing everything up by moving their fourth seed should keep things interesting.
If Vancouver moves the fifth pick, then I recommend deleting your twitter account, hiding under a blanket and weep very quietly so others won't hear and judge.
Here's the road ahead:
Vancouver 2016 Draft Picks
Round 1 - Pick 5 - [Insert Awesome Guy Here]
Round 2 - Pick 33 - Gone to Florida in the Gubs trade.
Round 2 - To Vancouver via the Blues Jackets (either this year or in 2017 or 2018) for hiring Torts.
Round 3 - Pick 63 - [Insert Awesome Guy Here]
Round 4 - Pick 93 - Gone to Florida in the Gubs trade. Round 5 - Pick X - Gone to Montreal in the Brandon Prust trade. Les sigh.
Round 5 - Pick X - To Vancouver via the Islanders in the Gubs trade.
Round 6 - Pick 153 - [Insert Awesome Guy Here]
Round 7 - Pick 183 - [Insert Awesome Guy Here]
Round 7 - Pick 193 - To Vancouver via Carolina from the Eddie Lack trade
Jim Benning's Draft Record So Far
Round 1, 6th overall pick: Jake Virtanen
Round 1, 24th overall (from Anaheim): Jared McCann
Round 2: Thatcher Demko
Round 3: Nikita Tryamkin
Round 5: Gustav Forsling
Round 6: Kyle Pettit
Round 7: Mackenze Stewart
Round 1 (23rd overall): Brock Boeser
Round 3: Guillaume Brisebois
Round 4: Dimitry Zhukenov
Round 5: Carl Neill
Round 5 (from Rangers): Adam Gaudette
Round 6: Lukas Jasek
Round 7: Tate Olson
How To Watch Tonight
Round one: Friday June 24th, 7pm EDT: NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Rounds two to seven: Saturday June 25th, 10am: NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA Sports 2.