Vancouver Canucks: 5 Possible Draft Day Scenarios

Mar 18, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) controls the puck during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) controls the puck during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Scenario 3: The Even Angrier Fan

What could make fans angrier than reaching for a defenseman with the fifth-overall pick? Reaching for a forward, of course. Like, Logan Brown, Tyson Jost or Clayton Keller. The Canucks need a Henrik Sedin successor, so this is a legitimate option.

This scenario would likely only unfold if Benning wants a center and Dubois goes off the board at No. 4, while Benning fails to trade down to draft a center there. Plus, he would have to like one of Brown, Jost and Keller more than he likes Tkachuk or Nylander. I admit, this is kind of unlikely, but it is a possibility.

Read: 3 Players Vancouver Could Reach for

Whether Henrik Sedin retires in 2018 or not, he will likely be a better fit for a middle-six line then. However, neither Bo Horvat nor Brandon Sutter project as No. 1 centers. So what could be done other than signing Steven Stamkos or drafting another center?

There obviously isn’t much.

Unless Vancouver gets another high pick next year, getting a chance to draft WHL Brandon Wheat Kings center Nolan Patrick or Windsor Spitfire Gabriel Vilardi, they won’t have many other opportunities. Benning keeps saying he wants to make the playoffs — and he makes moves accordingly — so they can’t really count on that. A winning team needs a true No. 1 center, and Benning knows that, which is why he probably has his eye on Dubois.

Brown, Jost and Keller all have the potential to be that No. 1.

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