Vancouver Canucks 1992 NHL Draft Retrospective


The Canuck Way continues to look at how the Vancouver Canucks have drafted in NHL Drafts past. Today we look at the 1992 NHL Draft.

While the Vancouver Canucks had only two picks from the 1992 Draft that would go on to have lengthy NHL careers. However, one of those careers broke the 1,000 game mark and the other could have if not for injuries and a contract dispute.

Let’s take a look at the picks.

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After being drafted and playing in the AHL and ECHL for a couple of years, he left for the Czech Republic in 1995. He played there for nine seasons before jumping to Slovakia. After four seasons there, he went back to Czech Republic to finish his career.

Michael Peca only played 37 games for the Canucks over two seasons with the team. He found his way to the Buffalo Sabres where he would eventually become the captain of the team. He helped lead the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999. When his contract ended after the 1999-00 season, he and the Sabres could not come to an agree and he ended up sitting out the entire 2001-02 season.

He was eventually traded to the New York Islanders. He played three seasons on Long Island before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. He would once again make it to the Stanley Cup Final with the Oilers in 2006. He finished off his career with one season for the Toronto Maple Leafs and two for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Mike Fountain split his 11 NHL games between the Canucks, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators. He later went to play in Germany and Russia. Jeff Connolly’s pro career consisted of playing in the ECHL for four seasons. After spending four seasons in the AHL, Brent Tully went to play in Germany.

With two picks in the fifth round, the Canucks couldn’t have selected more different players. First, they selected Brian Loney, who would only play 12 NHL games with the Canucks. He later bounced around Finland, Germany and Italy.

Seven picks later, the Canucks would defenseman Adrian Aucoin. He would go on to play over 1,000 games in the NHL . He would parts of seven seasons with the Canucks. He would end up also playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jason Clark jumped around the globe, even playing one season in the Netherlands. Scott Hollis bounced around several teams in several different minor leagues. Sonny Mignacca would continue the trend of a Canucks pick playing in Great Britain at some point in his career.

All but one of Mark Wotton‘s NHL games came with the Canucks. That one other game came with the Dallas Stars in the 2000-01 season. He spent the majority of his career in the AHL. Aaron Boh would play for 26 different hockey teams, ranging from teams in Finland to Quebec to Great Britain.

Next: Paul Bittner Draft Profile

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