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    Canucks take Swedish winger, Edmonton D-man in NHL draft

    Canucks take Swedish winger, Edmonton d-man in draft
    June 27, 2009

    The Vancouver Canucks selected Swedish winger Anton Rodin in the second round and Edmonton-born defenceman Kevin Connauton in the third round of the 2009 NHL entry draft.

    Scouting reports put Rodin, the 53rd selection overall, as a wild-card pick in the draft because of a "boom-or-bust" profile. Criticisms are that he's undersized and lacks strength to deal with NHL defenders, but he has scoring potential. Rodin clocked 29 goals in 37 games with his Brynas IF uner-20 team last season placing second in points.

    Connauton, who just tied up his freshman season at Western Michigan University, was passed over in the 2008 draft was the 83rd pick overall. At 185 pounds, he will have to bulk up to reach NHL potential, but scouting reports list him as having "a projectable frame" and an attitude to be effective on the ice.
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    Also updating our picks all the way through the draft ...

    22. Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota

    53. Anton Rodin, F, Brynas Jr (Swe-Jr)

    83. Kevin Connauton, D, Western Michigan (CCHA)

    113. Jeremy Price, D, Nepean (CJHL)
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    143. Peter Andersson, D, Frolunda Jr (Swe-Jr)

    Three D men, a C, and a winger so far. Two Swedes and two Americans.
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    Six more picks for Canucks
    Vancouver picks up two forwards, three defensemen, goalie.
    By HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

    Despite saying Friday that drafting a defensemen was a top priority, Mike Gillis waited until the third round to pick one up on the second day of the NHL entry draft.

    With the 83rd overall pick, the Canucks drafted Edmonton native Kevin Connauton, who played for Western Michigan of the CCHA last season.

    The 6'1", 185 lbs blueliner is a smooth-skating offensive defensemen, who sees plenty of time on the powerplay.

    "We're going to look at a defensemen," said Gillis right after the first round. "If we have an opportunity to select a right player at the right time, we'll do it."

    With their second round pick, Vancouver took Swedish winger Anton Rodin.

    The Stockholm product is known for scoring spectacular goals and his biggest upside -like many of his countrymen- is his speed and puck handling ability.

    For their fourth pick, the Canucks went with another offensive defensemen, Jeremy Price from Milton, Ontario.

    Playing for Nepean of the CJHL last year, Price recorded 41 points in 55 games. Next season he'll most likely be skating for Colgate University.

    Sticking with the same position, the Canucks drafted another blueliner, and another Swede in the fifth round.

    Peter Andersson is a 6'3", 194 lbs defensemen who played for Frolunda Jr. last season, scoring 8 points in 36 games.

    With their sixth pick, Vancouver went with a goaltender, Joe Cannata, who plays for Merrimack University.

    The Canucks had no more picks but then traded Shaun Heska to Phoenix for their seventh round pick, which they used to select Steven Anthony, a left winger from Halifax.
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    173. Vancouver Canucks - Joe Cannata, G, Merrimack (H-East)

    187. Vancouver Canucks - Steven Anthony, F, Saint John (QMJHL)

    Interested in hearing more about Steven Anthony since people are calling him one of the steals of the draft ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by torontosports10 View Post
    Canucks got a STEAL in he 7h round wih Seven Anthony. I seen him play quie a few times and he was a slow starer but really picked it up lately. He will be he Sea Dogs 1st line Center now and has breakout season written all over him.
    hope hes right

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    ^ So between Schroeder and Anthony, it sounds like we got the two biggest steals in the draft. If it's true, it confirms that Gillis' beefed up scouting department is worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carson005 View Post
    hope hes right
    Pre-draft article about Anthony ...

    Halifax native Steven Anthony hoping to be an NHL pick
    MATTHEW WUEST

    Steven Anthony hasn’t gotten many pats on the back the past two years, but he’s hoping for one Saturday.

    The Halifax native — who once appeared destined for stardom — will put two long, difficult seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs behind him if he hears his name called in the mid-to-late rounds of the NHL draft at Bell Centre in Montreal.

    Anthony admittedly hasn’t lived up to somewhat lofty expectations in the QMJHL, struggling with his confidence under Sea Dogs bench boss Jacques Beaulieu — a coach with a hard-nosed reputation — who was fired in the off-season.

    “He’s hard on some of his players … He didn’t give you positive feedback,” Anthony says. “As a young kid, you’ve never had that before from a coach. You’ve always had positive coaching. I took it personally and got down on myself and that’s my fault. But I’ve learned and become better for it.”

    The six-foot-two, 190-pound centre’s offensive gifts have never been questioned. He was a scoring sensation with the Dartmouth Subways and his talent had him ranked by some scouts as the No. 1 prospect for the 2007 QMJHL draft.

    But his mercurial competitive level has been a bone of contention with scouts for many years, even when he broke out in the second half last season with 30 points in the final 29 games. In 93 previous games, he had only produced 32 points.

    “If he more consistently played his best game, he’d be in the top echelon of the draft,” says Central Scouting director E.J. McGuire, who ranks Anthony 184th among North Americans. “We’d be talking about him as a first-rounder.”

    Anthony, it seems, recognizes his criticisms.

    “Scouts see I’ve got talent and I can play,” Anthony says, “but it’s game-in and game-out, not getting down on myself and playing focused and positive every game.”
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    Sounds like 1. he needs motivation, and 2. his coach hated him. Well, the coach got fired, so we'll see whether being drafted by the Canucks motivates him or not.

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    Well if he plays for the Moose he should be fine, that's a great organization

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    22nd pick looks real good. I'm looking forward to seeing Schroeder contribute.
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