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Nonis Makes Moves

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

After admitting he tried to climb the draft ladder Friday night to nab a top-five prospect, Canucks GM Dave Nonis was anything but dejected on Saturday morning.

"We made a significant push, in fact, I think at one point I probably offered more than I would have liked to, but if I was them, I would have done the same thing [by holding onto the top pick],” he said.

“I think it came to the point where it didn’t matter what we gave up, they [Chicago, Philadelphia, and Phoenix] weren’t going to trade any of those picks."

Nonis confessed he had his eye on local-boy Kyle Turris, but added that he would have been happy with several of the top players in the draft.

After selected Victoria-native Taylor Ellington with the 33rd overall pick Saturday morning, and securing four other prospects in the later rounds, Nonis shuffled his roster.

The Canucks moved a pair of minor-leaguers late in the day acquiring Anaheim forward Ryan Shannon, and Atlanta minor-leaguer Jimmy Sharrow in return.

Shannon, 24, is fresh up a Stanley Cup victory with the Anaheim Ducks, while Sharrow, 22, manned the blue line with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season.

“We feel that Ryan still has the opportunity to become a solid NHL player," said Nonis. "There are still some question marks with his game, but we see him as a prospect."

"He played a number of games in the NHL this year and obviously learned some things playing on a championship team in Anaheim. He brings some speed to our organization and this is a good opportunity for him.”

Nonis surrendered winger Jason King, who spent last season in Sweden, and a conditional draft pick in 2006 to acquire the 5-foot-9, 178-pound Shannon.

Shannon made the Ducks’ roster out of camp last year and finished with 11 points in 53 games as a rookie. He also logged 14 games with Portland of the AHL recording nine points. He did not register a point in 11 playoff games with Anaheim.

Shannon is described as an extremely talented skater who is deceptive in the offensive zone, yet possesses a strong defensive polish.

The Ducks originally signed Shannon as a free agent out of Boston College.

The Canucks drafted King in the seventh round of the 2001. He scored 12 goals and 21 points in 47 games with the Canucks in 2003-2004, but elected to play in Europe last season, and just signed a contract with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German League last week.

Nonis also dealt away forward Jesse Schultz to acquire Sharrow, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenceman out of Framingham, Mass., who played his junior hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

The Thrashers drafted Sharrow with the 110th overall pick in 2003 after the former US Junior National player posted 21 goals and 58 point in 82 games in his final year of junior hockey.

Sharrow is described as a very competent defender who boasts good size and superior mobility. He missed 15 games last season with a knee injury, but still managed to score four goals and 18 points in 42 games with Chicago while finishing the year a plus-4.

Schultz, 24, scored 18 goals and 39 points in 67 games with Manitoba last season, and was a minus-7.

The Canucks signed Schultz as a free-agent in July 2003. Though he made a pair of moves himself, Nonis said he wasn't surprised by the relative lack of movement this weekend.

"A lot of teams have looked at their roster and want to make some changes, but are unsure about what will happen in the next ten days with free agents."

While Nonis admitted that he has a few holes to fill up front, and at least one depth position on the blue line, he said he won't be very active once the free agency period begins next week.

“I can’t see us being a big player July 1st in terms of going after the high end guys. We need to add some pieces and we will be active, and we will sign some free agents as the summer goes on, but at this point… I can’t see us jumping into the high end market.”
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