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Wake With Elias: Updates on Nic Petan, Brad Hunt, Curtis Sanford & more...

The draft and silly season is soon upon us.

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Maple Ridge native Brad Hunt played in 50 games for the Canucks last season.
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In two days, the Canucks will (presumably) make their first first-round pick since drafting Vasily Podkolzin in 2019.

A few things have happened in the world since then I hear...

As the hours creep closer to draft day, let’s catch up on what’s going on with the Canucks and around the NHL.

Canucks News

  • Nic Petan will not be re-signing with the Vancouver Canucks.

Petan earned an NHL call-up after posting over a point-per-game with the baby Canucks. Although he can hold his own at the NHL level, he just can’t find a way to finish chances on offence.

Hunt started the season ice cold, as the opposition consistently scored when he was on the ice. He was able to bounce back and ended the season as a perfectly capable bottom-pairing defenceman.

It could make sense to bring him back so that Jack Rathbone has competition, but this is likely time for the Canucks best prospect to stick around in the NHL full-time.

  • Chris Johnston is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have poached Abbotsford Canucks goaltending coach Curtis Sanford. [Northstar Bets]

Patrick Johnston confirmed the report. [The Province]

Sanford, the Canucks backup goaltender from 2007-09, spent the last five years in the organization. He was a consultant for most of that time before earning a promotion to the Abbotsford Canucks this past season.

His work was key in getting Michael DiPietro’s development back on track, but most notably, he helped Spencer Martin go from fifth-string goalie to capable NHL back-up.

  • Craig Button believes Owen Pickering is the perfect pick for the Canucks at 15th overall. [TSN]
  • Finally, we took a look at the Canucks NHL and AHL depth charts yesterday before potential changes during the draft and free agency. [Nucks Misconduct]
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Mike Grier #25 of the San Jose Sharks skates during Game 6 of the 2007 NHL Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings on May 7, 2007 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The Red Wings won the game 2-0.
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Around the NHL

  • Pierre Lebrun reports that the Edmonton Oilers are interested in Claude Giroux. [The Athletic]
  • Some more news and notes on Jakob Chychrun, who’s now expected to stay in Arizona, and the Winnipeg Jets, who could be busy with Blake Wheeler and Pierre-Luc Dubois potentially on the market. [TSN]
  • Shout out to Slovakia for their impending historic draft class. [The Score]
  • Which GM is under the most pressure this offseason? Hey, for once, it’s not Jim Benning. [Daily Faceoff]
  • Speaking of GMs, the San Jose Sharks are set to name Mike Grier as their new general manager later today. [Sportsnet]