This is unfamiliar ground for the Canucks, as the organization hasn’t had such a high draft pick since 1999 when they drafted Daniel and Henrik Sedin with the second and third overall selections.
Canucks.com has gone through the archives and compiled a list of the Top 5 sixth-overall picks of all time. Stanley Cup winners, MVPs and a Hall of Famer are just an example of what we found:
1). Paul Coffey, 1980, Edmonton Oilers
Coffey ranks among one of the best of all-time and is perhaps the most prolific offensive defenceman behind only Bobby Orr. His 1531 career points are second all-time on the NHL defenceman scoring list. He won four Stanley Cups, posted 100-plus points in a season five times and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
2). Peter Forsberg, 1991, Philadelphia Flyers
Another all-time great, Forsberg was one of the game’s best players at one point, if not the best. He netted 885 career points in just 708 games, won the Hart Trophy in 2003 and also won two Stanley Cups with Colorado.
3). Phil Housley, 1982, Buffalo Sabres
Housley didn’t win any Stanley Cups or major individual awards, but he put up the points from the blue line, topping the 60-point plateau in each of his first 11 seasons and 12 times overall. He led all defenceman in scoring in 1992-93, posting 97 points in 80 games.
4). Doug Wilson, 1977, Chicago Blackhawks
Before Wilson became the GM of the Sharks, he was a pretty good defenceman in his day, mostly with the Blackhawks. He was consistent, scoring over 40 points 11 times during a 12-year stretch which also saw him top the 60-point plateau seven times. Wilson won the Norris Trophy in 1982 after netting 39 goals and 85 points.
5). Vincent Damphousse, 1986, Toronto Maple Leafs
Damphousse scored 90-plus points four times in his career, finishing with 1205 points in 1378 games played. He led Montreal in scoring both in the regular-season and post-season during their 1993 Stanley Cup winning season.
John MacLean, 1983, New Jersey Devils
Cory Stillman, 1992, Calgary Flames
Ryan Smyth, 1994, Edmonton Oilers
Scott Hartnell, 2000, Nashville Predators
Mikko Koivu, 2001, Minnesota Wild
Milan Michalek, 2003, San Jose Sharks
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, 2009, Phoenix Coyotes