The Hockey Prospectus released its organization rankings and it has the Vancouver Canucks placing 20th in the NHL after a strong 2013 draft.
At the draft, the Canucks traded goaltender Cory Schneider for the ninth overall pick to select Bo Horvat. The team then snagged the sixth ranked North American skater, Hunter Shinkaruk, with the 24th overall pick.
These two picks, along with fourth round pick Jordan Subban, has helped the Canucks replenish their prospects cupboard, according to Hockey Prospectus:
The 2013 draft was a shot in the arm for a Canucks system that was bottom five beforehand. First round picks Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk join Nicklas Jensen and Frankie Corrado to form a quality top end. Their depth, however, is poor. After Corrado and Jordan Subban, there is not a whole lot left as far as defensemen are concerned.
After Corrado and Subban, there is more. The Canucks are pretty high on defenceman Peter Andersson and project him to be an Alexander Edler-type of player. Henrik Tommernes sounds like a player with immense potential. Yann Sauve and Adam Polasek both have bottom-pairing potential in the NHL.
The Canucks are much stronger up front. The team now boasts Horvat, Brendan Gaunce, and Jordan Schroeder down the middle. Shinkaruk on left wing and Jensen on right wing. Beyond that, there aren’t many A-level prospects.