Vancouver Canucks: Redrafting the 2005 NHL Draft

Jun 15, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Fans look on from a parking garage as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) carries the cup during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration in downtown Pittsburgh. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Fans look on from a parking garage as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) carries the cup during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration in downtown Pittsburgh. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Round 5 – 138th Overall

Original Pick: C Matt Butcher
New Pick: F Nathan Gerbe (142nd to BUF)
Honorable Mentions: D Mark Fayne (155th to NJD), RW Ryan Reaves (156th to STL)

You don’t know Matt Butcher either? That’s because the 138th-overall pick spent four seasons playing and more importantly studying in the NCAA, before playing one ECHL season and retiring in 2008. Things worked out decently for him, as he has a college degree as someone who didn’t make the NHL, but the same cannot be said about the Canucks.

Instead of Butcher, Vancouver should have selected Nathan Gerbe. The 5-foot-5 (!) forward can play all three offensive positions and is having a decent career despite his small frame. So far, Gerbe has 403 NHL games for the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes, where he recorded 61 goals and 142 points. Nothing great, but better than most in the 2005 fifth round.

Other NHL regulars are Mark Fayne and Ryan Reaves, though neither one of them can be said to have a more successful career than Gerbe. However, Gerbe only had three goals and seven points in 47 games for the Hurricanes this season, and is on the decline.

Next: Round 6