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Canucks get second-round pick in 2017 NHL Draft from Blue Jackets

Vancouver acquires selection as compensation for Columbus hiring coach John Tortorella

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The Vancouver Canucks acquired a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday as compensation for hiring coach John Tortorella.

Tortorella was hired as Blue Jackets coach on Oct. 21, 2015, after he was fired by the Canucks on May 1, 2014 with four years remaining on a five-year contract. After being hired by Columbus, the Blue Jackets were given the option to send their second-round draft pick in 2016, 2017 or 2018 to Vancouver as compensation.

The pick is No. 55 in the draft.

Tortorella was named a Jack Adams Award finalist after coaching Columbus to a 50-24-8 record this season, the best in its history, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013-14.

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