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http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Vi...995/story.htmlVirtanen pick marks the beginning of a new era for the Canucks
BY JASON BOTCHFORD, THE PROVINCE JUNE 27, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — When he got here, Vancouver GM Jim Benning admitted other teams’ executives told him he was both different and unpredictable.
Boy, were they right.
But Benning followed up the Canucks busiest non-deadline wheeling and dealing day in recent memory by doing something most predicted.
With the No. 6 overall pick, the Canucks selected Jake Virtanen, the Abbotsford kid who scored 45 goals with the Calgary Hitmen this season.
Sure, maybe it’s odd to see the Canucks finally take a B.C. prospect who played in the WHL. But this is a new era.
And Benning openly tipped his hand following the draft combine a month ago when he said he was most impressed by Sam Reinhart and Virtanen.
The Canucks tried to get their hands on Reinhart, offering the Florida Panthers a package that included two first-round picks and Hunter Shinkaruk.
But the Panthers were never serious about dealing the pick and the Canucks were more than prepared to take the 17-year-old sniper, who has all kinds of speed, but also a bum shoulder after undergoing offseason surgery on his torn labrum.
The excitable Virtanen, a longtime Markus Naslund fan, kept saying getting drafted by the Canucks felt “amazing.”
“I was at the hotel just sweating all day,” Virtanen said after being selected. “It really hit me now. It’s pretty great to be drafted by Vancouver. It was always a dream.”
But it’s going to be a while before he can play with the Canucks. With the shoulder, he said he’s not expecting to be ready for contact until mid-October.
http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey...ft_flurry.htmlPHILADELPHIA—The scuttlebutt here was about how hard it might be to make deals with rookie general managers like Vancouver’s Jim Benning.
Would he ask too much? Would he be afraid to pull the trigger? Would he take a season to evaluate what he had and wait till the trade deadline for a better deal?
Well, Benning, who started his NHL career as an 18-year-old defenceman with the Maple Leafs, opened his first GM stint with a blast. He dispatched an aging Ryan Kesler, who didn’t want to be in Vancouver anymore, to Anaheim and tossed defenceman Jason Garrisson to Tampa in a salary dump.
Benning picked up younger, cheaper players: forwards Nick Bonino and Derek Dorsett, defenceman Luca Sbisa and a ton of draft picks that should give the Canucks the decent base of prospects they’ve lacked, as well as about $6 million in salary cap space heading into the July 1 free agency period.
All that happened in a two-hour span Friday afternoon, proving Benning is a man of action unlike predecessor Mike Gillis, who let Roberto Luongo hang for two years before trading him.
http://www.news1130.com/2014/06/28/c...kend-at-draft/Canucks wrap up weekend at draft
Select five players, trade for former King Linden Vey
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Canucks made a trade, and selected five players on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.
New General Manager Jim Benning made another trade this morning, acquiring 22-year-old forward Linden Vey from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 50th overall selection. Vey appeared in 18 games last season with the Kings, amassing five assists. Vey also played his junior hockey in Medicine Hat under Willie Dejardins.
The Canucks used the 36th overall pick on Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko. Demko posted a 16-5-3 record with a .919 save percentage as a freshman for the Eagles in 2013-14.
Vancouver also selected three defensemen – Gustav Forsling of Sweden (126th), Nikita Tryamkin (66th) of Russia, and WHL product Mackenze Stewart (186th)
Stewart appeared in 58 games with the Prince Albert Raiders this past season, collecting nine points.
Tryamkin spent the 2013-14 season with Yekaterinburg, collecting seven points and 38 penalty minutes in 45 games. He also played for Russia at the 2014 World Junior Championship where he recorded three points in seven games.
Forsling played for Linkoping this past season, collecting 18 points in 44 games and played for Team Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
One centre was picked as well – Kyle Pettit (156th) of the OHL’s Erie Otters. Pettit collected ten points in 53 games last season.