Vancouver Canucks draft picks, forward Pathrik Westerholm and goaltender David Honzik, were not signed prior to the June 1 deadline, and no longer will be property of the Canucks organization.
Honzik, the Canucks third round selection (71st overall), struggled this past season to find consistency in the QMJHL. A trade to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, combined with off-season shoulder surgery that caused him to miss training camp and the first two months of the season, didn’t help his cause. The native of Tabor, Czech Republic, faced an astonishing 11.52 shots per 20 minutes in 12/13. Honzik, 19, will re-enter the draft later this month.
Westerholm, the Canucks sixth round selection (180th overall), has spent the last three seasons in Sweden’s second-tier pro league. During the 2010/11 season the Karlskrona, Sweden native produced .62 points/per-game, which then declined to .21 in 11/12 and .50 this past season.
The other six players the Canucks selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft were all signed prior to the deadline, while two players, Nicklas Jensen and Frank Corrado, have already made their NHL debuts. Remaining 2011 draft picks
, Round 1 (29th overall), finished the season with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) Alexandre Grenier
, Round 3 (90th overall), finished the season with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) Joseph Labate
, Round 3 (101st overall), University of Wisconsin (NCAA) Ludwig Blomstrand
, Round 4 (120th overall), finished the season with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) Frank Corrado
, Round 5 (150th overall), finished the season with the Canucks Henrik Tommernes
, Round 7 (210th overall), finished the season with Frolunda (SEL) Ty-Bits
-The Canucks will have the 24th overall selection at this year’s NHL Entry Draft on June 30 in New Jersey. This will only be the second time the Canucks have had the 24th overall pick, the last coming in 1987, when they selected Rob Murphy from the Laval Titan in the second round.