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History of the 10th

...there's goodness to be had with the 10th overall pick

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Freelance writer

Familiar territory.

For the seventh time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks will select 10th overall at the NHL Draft.

In fact, since 1970 the Canucks have selected 10th overall more than any other spot in the first round.

There was Rick Blight in 1975. He would go on to lead the Canucks in scoring in his second season and tally 187 points (78-109-187) in his first three seasons. In 1981 it was Garth Butcher, who would go on to play 610 games in a Canucks uniform. J.J. Daigneault in 1984, Brad Ference in 1997, Luc Bourdon in 2005 and Cody Hodgson in 2008.

What about the history of the 10th overall pick not involving the Canucks? You find a Hall of Famer and multiple Richard Trophy winner, Stanley Cup winners and Rookie of the Years winners.

Teemu Selanne, 1988, Winnipeg Jets

The Finnish Flash burst onto the scene with a record 76 goals his rookie season and finished his 1,451-game career with 684 goals and 1,457 points. The 1993 Rookie of the Year led the NHL in goals three times, won a Stanley Cup in 2007 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in in 2017.

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Bobby Holik, 1989, Hartford Whalers

Known as one of the better defensive forwards in the NHL during the 1990s, Holik won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995 and 2000 and twice was named to the NHL All-Star Game. He finished his career with 1,314 games played and 747 points (326-421-747).

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Steve Vickers, 1971, New York Rangers

Vickers was the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 1973 after posting 53 points (30-23-53) in 61 games. He would go on to tally 30 or more goals in each of his first four seasons in the NHL, including a career high 41 goals and 89 points in 1974-75, which earned him a Second All-Star Team selection.

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Mikko Rantanen, 2015, Colorado Avalanche

It was just four years ago the Avalanche took Rantanen 10th overall and they have not been disappointed. After a 38-point rookie campaign, Rantanen has rattled off back-to-back over point-per-game seasons and has totalled 171 points (60-111-171) in his last 155 games.

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