Vancouver Canucks 1989 NHL Draft Retrospective


The Canuck Way continues it’s look at how the Vancouver have done in NHL Drafts past. Today, we look at the 1989 NHL Draft.

Unlike the previous draft, the Canucks didn’t have the success of having most of their picks at least make the NHL. However, one thing did continue and that was the fact that they drafted a superstar for the second straight season.

Let’s look at the picks.

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Jason Herter became the second Canuck first round pick in four years that would go to play five games or less in their NHL career. He played one game for the New York Islanders in the 1995-96 season, spending the rest of his career in the IHL, AHL and Germany. Rob Woodward spent one season each in the AHL, IHL and ECHL after leaving Michigan State University.

Brett Hauer never played for the Canucks. He played 29 games for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1995-96 season and five more in the 1999-00 season. His last three NHL games were spent with the Nashville Predators in the 2001-02 season.

Now onto Pavel Bure.  He went to become one of the Canucks best players in their history, even though he played seven seasons with the teams. He averaged 68.3 points a season during his time with the Canucks. He scored more than 100 points twice, in his second and third seasons. He was eventually traded to the Florida Panthers, where he would eventually play with his brother, Valeri Bure. He would finish his career with a season and a half for the New York Rangers. Unfortunately, injuries took their tole on his career, shortening it to the point where it ended up.

Jim Revenberg played two seasons for the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL after leaving the Windsor Spitfires. Rob Sangster played in the IHL and ECHL after leaving the OHL.

Sandy Moger never played for the Canucks, splitting his NHL career between the Boston Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings. While with the Bruins he scored the first goal in the history of the TD Garden, then known as the Fleetcenter. He later played in Finland, Germany and Italy.

After leaving the OHL, Gus Morschauser played for the IHL, ECHL and finished his career in Austria. Hayden O’Rear left the University of Alaska-Anchorage and played in the ECHL, SHL, WCHL and the UHL during his career. Among Darcy Cahill’s stops, he played in Great Britain and Germany. Jan Bergman never left Sweden after being drafted.

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