October 27, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: A general view of the 2012 NHL draft logo is unveiled at a press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center. The 2012 NHL draft will be held in Pittsburgh on June 22 and 23, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE
As scouts check out the different players at the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine, the precautions paid to players is at an all time high and for the Vancouver Canucks, who pick 26th, this may be in their favor.
The following players have been tagged is “injured” while at the Combine:
While Yakupov’s injuries won’t scare off his assumed suitor, the Edmonton Oilers, other might not end up so lucky, leaving some of these high ranked players to sit through a couple turns. None of the injuries are severe enough to have the players not go the first round, but if the Canucks have had their eye on a guy who is expected to go 4th or 5th, they might have a shot if New York Islanders or the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t want to take the risk. More than one player has concussion symptoms and as everyone knows, it is a gamble if their level of intensity returns.
The Canucks are not a perfect team, but they have a bit more wiggle room to bury a first round bust if they were to take a chance on a player passed up by a higher ranked team. The Canucks aren’t in dire need to fill a hole and in this off season, they are focusing on the goaltending situation, the second major surgery for Ryan Kesler in two off seasons, and other more pressing matters, a player not ready to take the ice in October, or even a bust, won’t signal a doomed season. Canucks have the time to groom and grow their young draft picks this season, and with these injuries, they may walk away with an even better draftee than expected when the playoffs began.
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