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Draft Watch 2010

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft takes place June 25-26th this year in Los Angeles, where the newest group of young hockey players make their entry into the NHL system.

Get involved on the Canucks live blog and share your thoughts on the first round of action on Friday, June 25th beginning at 3:30pm. Don't forget to follow VanCanucks on Twitter for all the latest Canucks news!

Canucks.com will have exclusive coverage from Kristin Reid as she reports from Los Angeles and gets the news leading up to the pick, from the draft floor, and she'll be there to help welcome the newest Canuck following the selection. 

Watch rounds 2-7 live on Canucks.com beginning at 10am.

Full Draft BoardRound 1Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7All-time drafts

TALK ON THE BOARDS: All Draft

  • 1st Round - 25th pick (VAN) - Traded to Florida with Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich
  • 4th Round - 115th pick (VAN) - Patrick McNally, Defence (Milton Academy, HIGH-MA)
  • 5th Round - 145th pick (VAN) - Adam Polasek, Defence (PEI, QMJHL)
  • 6th Round - 172nd pick (from PHX) - Alex Friesen, Centre (Niagara IceDogs, OHL)
  • 6th Round - 175th pick (VAN) - Jonathan Iilahti, Goalie (Blues - SM-liiga)
  • 7th Round - 205th pick (VAN) - Sawyer Hannay, Defence (Halifax, QMJHL)

For more detailed information on all the draft picks, read the Canucks report
Gillis wrap-up on the 2010 NHL Enry draft

Fourth Round, 115th overall

PATRICK McNALLY

Defenseman
Team: Milton Academy, HIGH-MA

Final Rank: 40
Midterm Rank: 84
Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180
Born: December 4, 1991
Hometown: Glen Head, NY
Born in: Glen Head, NY, USA

Gillis' thoughts on McNally
Gillis speaks
Season Team GP G A P PIM
2009-2010 Milton Academy - HIGH-MA 27 14 20 34  
 
Fifth Round, 145th overall

ADAM POLASEK

Defenseman
Team: PEI, QMJHL

Final Rank: n/a
Midterm Rank: 203
Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190
Born: July 12, 1991
Born in: Ostrava, CZE

Season Team GP G A P PIM
2007-2008 Vitkovice Jr. - CZREP-JR. 23 0 3 3 16
2008-2009 Vitkovice Jr. - CZREP-JR. 38 7 13 20 68
2009-2010 Prince Edward Island Rocket - QMJHL 66 13 28 41 91
 
Sixth Round, 172nd overall

ALEX FRIESEN

Centre
Team: Niagara, OHL

Final Rank: n/a
Midterm Rank: n/a
Shoots: Left
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 189
Born: July 30, 1991
Born in: Niagara On the Lake, ON

Season Team GP G A P PIM
2007-2008 Niagara IceDogs - OHL 46 5 9 14 26
2008-2009 Niagara IceDogs - OHL 64 11 22 33 94
2009-2010 Niagara IceDogs - OHL 60 23 37 60 94
 
Sixth Round, 175th overall

JONATHAN Iilahti

Goalie
Team: Blues, FIN

Final Rank: 6
Midterm Rank: n/a
Catches: Left
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 167
Born: April 27, 1992
Born in: Vaasa, FIN

Season Team GP GAA MIN SO Sv %
2009-2010 Blues - Fin-JR 14 2.67 832 1 .904
 
Seventh Round, 205th overall

SAWYER HANNAY

Defenseman
Team: Halifax, QMJHL

Final Rank: n/a
Midterm Rank: n/a
Shoots: Right
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 190
Born: September 6, 1992
Hometown: Rexton, NB

 
Season Team GP G A P PIM
2009-2010 Halifax - QMJHL 54 1 5 6 158

 
FUTURE MEETS PAST

By Mike G. Morreale

One of the more intriguing exercises led by NHL Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire during his group's final meetings occurred two days after they ranked the top 30 North American skaters.

Here is Central Scouting's comparison list for their top 30 North American skaters, provided exclusively to NHL.com.

1. Tyler Seguin, C -- Steve Yzerman (retired)
2. Taylor Hall, LW -- Zach Parise, (NJD)
3. Brett Connolly, RW -- Peter Forsberg (SWE)
4. Erik Gudbranson, D -- Dion Phaneuf, (TOR)
5. Cam Fowler, D -- Mike Green, (WAS)
6. Brandon Gormley, D -- Chris Phillips, (OTT)
7. Mark Pysyk, D -- Duncan Keith, (CHI)
8. Emerson Etem, RW -- Glenn Anderson (retired)
9. Derek Forbort, D -- Erik Johnson, (STL)
10. Ryan Johansen, C -- Jason Spezza, (OTT)
11. Alexander Burmistrov, C -- Maxim Afinogenov, (ATL)
12. Nino Niederreiter, RW -- Erik Cole, (CAR)
13. Nick Bjugstad, C -- Andrew Brunette, (MIN)
14. Austin Watson, F -- Kris Draper, (DET)
15. John McFarland, C -- Brenden Morrow, (DAL)
16. Tyler Toffoli, C -- Tim Connolly, (BUF)
17. Dylan McIlrath, D -- Ed Jovanovski, (PHX)
18. Tyler Pitlick, C -- Mark Parrish, (TBL)
19. Quinton Howden, C-- Todd Bertuzzi, (DET)
20. Stanislav Galiev, RW -- Alexander Frolov, (LAK)
21. Jonathon Merrill, D -- Jordan Leopold, (PIT)
22. Riley Sheahan, C -- Jordan Staal, (PIT)
23. Petr Straka, RW -- Pavol Demitra, (VAN)
24. Charlie Coyle, F -- Bob Sweeney, (BOS)
25. Brock Nelson, C -- David Backes, (STL)
26. Kevin Hayes, RW -- Eric Staal, (CAR)
27. Ryan Martindale, C -- Steve Bernier, (VAN)
28. Jaden Schwartz, C -- Derek Roy, (BUF)
29. Alexander Petrovic, D -- Brent Seabrook, (CHI)
30. Jordan Weal, C -- Jason Blake, (ANA)

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2010 Draft Picks
Rnd Overall Player Pos Team
4 115 P. McNally D Milton, High
5 145 A. Polasek D PEI, QMJHL
6 172 A. Friesen C Niagara, OHL
6 175 J. Iilahti G Blues, FIN
7 205 S. Hannay D Halifax, QMJHL
2009 Draft Picks
Rnd Overall Player Pos  Team
1 22 J. Schroeder C U. of Minnesota
2 53 A. Rodin F Brynas Jr.
3 83 K. Connauton D Western Michigan
4 113 J. Price D Nepean
5 143 P. Andersson D Frolunda Jr.
6 173 J. Cannata G Merrimack
7 187 S. Anthony L Saint John
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