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Canucks Look To The Future This Saturday

The Vancouver Canucks 50 year curse could be cured Saturday as the NHL Entry Draft takes center stage, and for Canucks fans this can be the year where the team’s luck turns around.

This year’s draft is loaded with potential, especially in the top 3 of the board.

Trevor Linden will be representing the Canucks this weekend in Toronto, and himself as a former Canuck must be pretty excited about the possibility of drafting a franchise player.

“Trevor’s our lucky charm so it’s going to be exciting for him to be there to represent our organization” said Jim Benning in an interview with Dan Murphy.

“It’s going to be an exciting time for us”.

The Canucks are currently projected by many to get the No. 6 pick, but the team hopes to still land in the top 3 where Benning believes lies the franchise players.

“If you end up with a top-three pick, you’re getting a franchise type player and a player that can play on your team next season.”

Austin Matthews out of Switzerland is projected to go #1, followed by Patrik Laine, and Jesse Puljujarvi both from Finland.

Puljujarvi with the #3 selection could inject instant offense into a Canucks line up that finished in the bottom half of the league, while slowing transitioning away from the Sedin twins, who are on the wrong side of 30.

While the Canucks have a 11.5% chance to get the 1st overall pick, and a 11% chance of getting either the 2nd or 3rd overall pick, there chances of getting the 4th-6th pick are very favourable, making the Canucks prepare for that possibility.

Benning has never hidden his desire to draft a defenseman, but may that cloud his judgement?

Jakob Chychrun out of the OHL, is an intriguing option for the Canucks if they decide to bolster their blue line.

Yet, according the TSN analyst Bob Mckenzie, there are no quality defensemen in the top 6, leaving the Canucks under pressure to deliver on the right decision.

Well like many things Canucks, it is going to be interesting, so we all have to just to wait till Trevor Linden calls that name Saturday.

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