VANCOUVER -- It wasn't long ago it would have been difficult to come up with a list of five good Vancouver Canucks prospects.
That's no longer the case, thanks in part to general manager Jim Benning, who was brought in last summer because of his scouting acumen.
Benning pointed to all the draft picks traded away before his arrival as the primary reason for the dearth of prospect talent. He did credit the previous regime for a strong 2013 NHL Draft that included Bo Horvat (No. 9), Hunter Shinkaruk (No. 24) and Cole Cassels (No. 85), and said his focus at the 2014 and 2015 drafts was adding skilled players.
"I think the future looks really good now," Benning said. "We're going to have good players come out of these last two draft classes."
Here is a look at the Canucks' top five prospects, according to NHL.com: