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Canucks select seven players at the 2009 draft

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Montreal, QC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have selected centre Jordan Schroeder, right wing Anton Rodin, defenceman Kevin Connauton, defenceman Jeremy Price, defenceman Peter Andersson, and goaltender Joe Cannata in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The Canucks also acquired the 187th overall pick in the seventh round from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Shaun Heshka. Left Wing Steven Anthony was chosen with that pick.

Jordan Schroeder, 18, concluded the 2008-09 season with 45 points (13-32-35) in 35 games with the Gophers and fourth in the NCAA with a 1.3 points per game average. He was the only freshman to finish the season in the top 50 in scoring. The 5’8”, 175 pound centre was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Rookie of the Year, the College Hockey News National Rookie of the Year, the Minnesota Gophers Rookie of the Year and to the All-WCHA Second Team for efforts over the season. The Burnsville, Minnesota native also appeared at the 2009 World Junior Championships as a member of Team USA and his team in scoring with 11 points. Schroerder now holds the career record for Team USA at World Junior Championships with 15, surpassing Doug Weight (14).

Anton Rodin, 18, was selected 53rd overall in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft. The 5’11”, 175 pound right winger concluded the 2008-09 season as the second leading scorer in the Swedish U-20 League with 55 points (29-26-55) in 37 games played. He added 12 points (2-10-12) in seven games played. Rodin also led all skaters at the U20 National Team Tournaments in Turku and Tjumen where he was named to the All-Star team at the tournament in Tjumen. On the international stage, Rodin has been named to the 2010 World Junior Team Camp for Sweden.

Kevin Connauton was picked in the third round, 83rd overall. The Edmonton native spent the 2008-09 season with the Western Michigan University Broncos, recording 18 points (7-11-18) in 40 games.

The 6’1”, 185 pound defenceman spent the previous season with the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL, registering 45 points (13-32-45) in 56 games.

Jeremy Price was selected 113th overall in the fourth round of the NHL Draft. The Milton, Ontario native tallied 41 points (12-29-41) and 50 penalty minutes in 55 games during the 2008-09 season with Nepean of the CJHL.

The 6’1”, 195 pound defenceman added six points (2-4-6) and 14 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.

In the fifth round, 143rd overall, defenceman Peter Andersson was selected. The 6’3”, 194 pound native of Kvidinge, Sweden spent the 2008-09 season with Frolunda Junior. He recorded eight points (3-5-8) and 42 penalty minutes in 36 games.

He was also a member of Team Sweden at the 2009 World U18 Championships, registering one goal in six games.

Joe Cannata was picked in the sixth round, 173rd overall. He spent the 2008-09 season with Merrimack College, posting a record of 7-10-4 and a 2.35 goals-against average.

He played for the U.S. National Under-18 Team for the 2007-08 season and went 2-0 at the 2008 U-18 Five Nations tournament en route to a championship win. Cannata also played at the 2008 World U18 Championships.

Steven Anthony was selected in the seventh round, 187th overall. Anthony spent the 2008-09 season with Saint John of the QMJHL, recording 48 points (19-29-48) and 47 penalty minutes in 67 games played.
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