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Canucks Select D Viktor Persson At #191

With their 5th and final selection of the day, the Canucks turn to Kamloops and another Swedish defender.

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The Canucks have a bit of a reputation of ignoring things that happen in their own back yard, rarely drafting WHL prospects from the Vancouver Giants, or any of the BC based squads. They’ve bucked that trend with their final pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, though it’s somewhat amusing he’s yet to play a game in the WHL.

I’m a little excited about this pick, as I grew up in Kamloops during the Blazer glory years when they were the most dominant team in Canadian Junior Hockey.

So what do the Canucks get with this pick? Well, he does seem to have slipped through the cracks, with TSN’s Craig Button ranking him at #42 on his prospects list. Not having a strong presence in the Swedish National Team over the last couple seasons may have allowed him to still be around at the end of the draft, but the reports that are available speak of a player with good vision and skating ability. He’s a playmaker who can make that solid first pass, as well as his ability to join the rush and get open for plays.

It will be sometime before the Canucks know what they’re going to have in terms of this year’s draft, but there’s no picks that jump out as being terrible. Now we wait and see what Jim Benning can do in terms of getting free agents like Jacob Markstrom signed, and who can be moved out that will allow them to re-sign Tyler Toffoli. There’s less than 3 months til the start of the next season, and a massive amount of work to be done for the Canucks to make their cap situation work for them, instead of against them.