Five Canucks draft candidates to target with 15th-overall pick

VANCOUVER – Rich Strike has a better chance to win the National Hockey League draft lottery than the Vancouver Canucks. And he’s a horse.

The 80-to-1 winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby had better odds of winning than the Canucks, whose draft-lottery chances were actually about 200-to-1. Alas, there was no incredible burst through the field down the home stretch for the Canucks, who finished Tuesday’s draft lottery where they started, with the 15th pick in July’s NHL Draft.

The Canucks’ lottery record remained unblemished; Vancouver has never moved up the selection order for the draft. But they have never missed on a 15th-overall pick.

Of course, in 52 years, they’ve also never had the 15th pick of the first round. But at least there’s no negative baggage attached.

“I think there is a lot of good players in the draft,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Tuesday of the 2022 class. “I don’t think there is a lot of difference between, I would say, maybe four, five and down to 15, 16. Obviously, we know that with time there might be some good players being picked after (15). I think our staff is pretty excited about picking 15th.”

Allvin should be excited, too. Not only will this draft be his first in charge of the Canucks, it will be the first time in 10 years that Allvin is involved in selecting anyone in the top 20.

As he was building…

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