CANUCKS ADD SEVEN
The fast and furious pace of day two of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft brought six new faces to the Canucks organization.
The Canucks picked Jordan Schroeder
from the University of Minnesota on day one with the 22nd overall selection Friday night.
Anton Rodin was Vancouver's first pick in the second round on Saturday morning. The 5'11 winger from Stockholm, Sweden was ranked 15th in the Central Scouting's final list.
Rodin is known for his offensive game, superior skating, hockey sense and puck handling but is not afraid to play a physical game - he could use some more strength though. He finished up his junior career with Brynas Jr this season with 29 goals and 55 points in 37 games.
In rounds three through seven, Vancouver selected defenceman Kevin Connauton
from Western Michigan University, defenceman Jeremy Price
from the Nepean Raiders of the CJHL, defenceman Peter Andersson
from Sweden, goaltender Joe Cannata
from Merrimack College, and left winger Steven Anthony
from the QMJHL.
Connauton, an Alberta native, is an offensive-minded d-man. He was fifth in scoring for the Broncos with seven goals and 10 assists in 38 games through his freshman year this past season.
Price also fits the bill of an offensive defenceman as he had 12 goals and 29 assists for 41 points in 55 games last season for the CJHL's Nepean Raiders. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Ontario product has committed to Colgate University for the 2009-10 season.
Andersson was the third defenceman and second Swedish player taken by the Canucks and where Connauton and Price defence and fill the back of the net from time to time, this 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is a stay at home defenceman content on shutting down the opposition. Andersson's career high in points is 8 (3-5-8), which he set this past season playing for Superelit in Sweden.
Although Cannata's last name would lead you to believe he's from our home and native land, he's actually American. Cannata grew up in Wakefield, MA where he honed his skills as a goaltender. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound netminder, who backstopped the Merrimack College Warriors last year, was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year after going 7-11-4 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
Cannata is the first Merrimack goaltender picked in the draft since 1991 when Mike Doneghey was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 12th round, 237th overall.
Vancouver's final pick came from a familiar source with the Canucks nabbing Anthony from Saint John of the QMJHL. This centreman played alongside Yann Sauve
with the Sea Dogs last season collecting 48 points (19-29-48) in 67 games during his rookie year.