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By the numbers: Canucks at the draft

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

The NHL Draft will turn 50 years old on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, with the 2012 Draft marking the 43rd time the Vancouver Canucks have taken part in the annual selection of talented teenagers.

It’s hard to imagine it’s been 43 years since the Canucks selected Dale Tallon with the 2nd overall pick in the 1970 NHL Draft during the infamous “Spin of the Wheel” incident.

Three hundred and eighty Canucks draft picks later and Vancouver finds itself ready for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Here is a look at some of the Canucks draft history, by the numbers.

0 -- Number of times the Canucks have selected first overall.

1 -- Goaltender taken in the first round, Cory Schneider out of Phillips-Andover (Mass.) in 2004. Fairly decent pick, eh?

2 -- Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame that were drafted by the Canucks, those players being Cam Neely (inducted in 2005) in the 1st round in 1983, and Igor Larionov (inducted in 2008) in the 11th round in 1985.

3 -- First round picks taken out of Sweden, you may have heard their names before: Mattias Ohlund in 1994, and a set of identical twins named Henrik and Daniel in 1999.

4 -- First round picks taken out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

5 -- Fewest number of picks the Canucks had in a single draft, which happened on three occasions: 2006, 2008, and 2010.

10 -- Draft picks selected from the Kitchener Rangers, the most of any team in the Canucks draft history. The last Ranger to be drafted by the Canucks came in 1998 when Vancouver chose defenseman Rick Bertran, 140th overall.

11 -- First round picks taken out of the Western Hockey League. Michael Grabner was the last first round pick out of the WHL when he was selected in 14th overall in 2006.

12 -- Times the Canucks have had a selection in the top four of a draft, the last time being in 1999, when they had the 2nd and 3rd overall picks and selected those aforementioned Swedish twins. They have had the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th overall picks four times each.

13 -- Defensemen taken with a first round pick, the last being the late Luc Bourdon, who was selected 10th overall in 2005.

14 -- Most picks the Canucks had in a single draft, which occurred in 1984, with defenseman J.J. Daigneault being selected in the first round.

15 -- First round picks taken out of the Ontario Hockey League. In fact the first 5 first round picks the Canucks ever had were all selected out of the OHA.

16 -- Players drafted straight out of United States High School/Prep School Hockey. Last June the Canucks selected Joseph Labate from Holy Angels Academy in Minnesota in the fourth round, 101st overall.

19 -- Times the Canucks have drafted a player out of the BCHL (12) or AJHL (7).

25 -- Forwards taken with a first round pick, the very first was Don Lever (pictured right) in 1972 with the 3rd overall pick. Lever went on to score 680 points (313-367-680) in 1020 career games in the NHL, 407 of those points came while playing for the Canucks.

33 -- Times the Canucks have selected a player out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Halifax Mooseheads have had the most players drafted to the Canucks with 5.

39 -- First round draft picks the Canucks have had. The first being defenseman -- and current general manager of the Florida Panthers -- Dale Tallon in 1970, the most recent being Nicklas Jensen in 2011.

44 -- Draft picks selected out of the NCAA. Boston University, Colorado College, Lake Superior State University, and Ohio State University lead the way with 4 selections each.

84 -- Selections the Canucks have made out of the Ontario Hockey League. The Kitchener Rangers lead the way with 10 picks, followed by the London Knights, and Peterborough Petes with 9 a piece.

110 -- Times the Canucks have selected a player from the Western Hockey League. The Canucks have drafted 9 players from the Portland Winterhawks and Brandon Wheat Kings, the most of any of the WHL clubs.

115 -- The latest the Canucks have had to wait to make their first pick was 115th overall in 2010, when they selected defenseman Patrick McNally out of Milton Academy (Mass.) in the fourth round.

287 -- The latest the Canucks have ever selected in a draft, when they picked Jannik Hansen (pictured right) out Malmo Jrs (Sweden) in 2004.

441 -- Career NHL goals scored by Rick Vaive (7th overall, 1980), the most of any Canucks draft pick, although only 13 came in a Canucks uniform as he was traded after 47 games to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Dave “Tiger” Williams. Not far behind in second spot is the “Russian Rocket” Pavel Bure (113th overall, 1989), who scored 437 career goals (in 174 fewer games), including 254 with Vancouver.

567 -- Career NHL assists (and counting) by Henrik Sedin (3rd overall, 1999), the most of any Canucks draft pick.

1382 -- Career NHL games played by Trevor Linden (2nd overall, 1988), the most of any Canucks draft pick. Of those games, 1140 came while wearing the blue and green, and black, yellow, red, white, deep blue, deep red, sky blue, silver, dark blue, and least we forget, the pacific salmon red. Any colours missing?

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