Honestly, the only thing I would consider bad about this draft is that the team did not once select a defenceman. Now, the team has said they are looking to add to their blueline in free agency, but Benning also said he wouldn’t rule out acquiring another top six forward.
My only issue with selecting all forwards is that if you don’t draft defencemen, where are they going to come from? Free agency? Trades? At 40th overall, I turned to the person I was sitting beside at the draft and said, “They’re taking Kaedan Korczak here for sure.” A 6’2 right-handed defenceman who skates well for his size? What’s not to like?
Then they announced Hoglander, who I am extremely happy to see in a Canucks’ uniform. I think he’ll be a major piece to the puzzle going forward, but I still would not have minded seeing the team go after a big solid right-handed defenceman. Oh well, here’s hoping Hoglander turns out to be a major steal. Sure enough, the Vegas Golden Knights selected Korczak just one pick later at 41 overall.
The only bad I can really point to in this draft is not selecting a single defenceman. That being said, the team still has Brogan Rafferty and Josh Teves who they recently added, so it’s not like the cupboards are completely empty.