Friday, April 17, 2009
Boston and Montreal did not disappoint in Game 1. As a lapsed B's fan, that was Bruins hockey--hits galore and a bunch of no-names (apologies to the Big Bad Bruins and the those guys in the pic to your left).
This got me thinking: How did the Canucks miss out on B's fan fave Milan Lucic who grew up in East Van, played his junior hockey here with the Giants as well as captained Team Canada juniors during the Russian junior tour here? Not to mention lifting both a 2006 WHL championship and a 2007 Memorial Cup.
Lucic went in the second rd. of the 2006 Entry Draft at 50th overall. The Canucks (thank you, david Nonehead!) had no second rd. pick in '06. They did select a WHL player in Michael Grabner an Austrian scoring winger who played for the Spokane Chiefs.
Maybe Grabner will end up in the NHL but, for argument's sake, let's say he turns into a consistent 30-goal scorer. Odds are Lucic will be that in a few years with the added bonus he can hit and fight like a Neely.
Given the Vancouver Giants are one of the winningest teams in junior hockey and the Canucks have yet to draft a single player from the local WHL team and the team is right here in town to scout easily not only their games but their practices out in Ladner...I'm just saying, sometimes the grass is greener closer to home.
Posted by Johnny Canucklehead at 3:24 PM