The future is now.
Happy Sunday, my name is Derek Jory and I’ll be your live blogging live blogger for today’s live blog of the 2013 NHL Draft. The Vancouver Canucks have the 24th overall selection and six picks to make overall – unless things get wild and crazy and trades are made…(dramatic music).
Either way, I’m at the top of section 18 in the Prudential Center in New Jersey and I’ll have the latest and greatest of the goings on. So you know, this blog is the only source of trade deadline information available anywhere, don't even bother looking elsewhere.
One ground rule: I will be reporting rumours as they surface from qualified sources, which includes my imaginary friend Gaston; all rumours will appear in italics to keep things running smoothly.
If you've got any questions, comments, complaints or you just want to compliment me on my suit today, leave a comment below, tweet @VanCanucks or write it down and have Hedwig fly it over to me.
Let's do this.
2:00 p.m. (EST) -- What's up everybody! I hope you're as excited as I am for today's draft. I was on the Canucks team bus and we literally just got to New Jersey 30 minutes ago, so I'm hungry. I'm off to find some food before I introduce you to [name] and Donovan, two friends I made today.
2:35 -- Great news, I've eaten and am no longer hangry. Check out the photo to the right; on the left is [name] Gilman, as in Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman's son. [name] will be the Canucks runner for today, which means he'll run around and do important tasks when needed. This is his third time running for Vancouver, and, sadly, this will be his last. He's 13-years-old now and that's the maximum age of a runner, according to NHL rules. [name] has the biggest smile of anyone in New Jersey right now. On the right of the photo is me with Donovan McNabb, former Campbell's Chunky Soup spokesman, who played quarterback or something too. He's Darnell Nurse's uncle and is here to support him as his NHL career begins.
2:40 -- Blast from the past. Just ran into former Canucks forward Jeff Tambellini. He's here to support his brother Adam, who will be drafted. Tambellini says hi.
2:47 -- What's it like being here? It's chaos, organized chaos (see photo below). There are people everywhere and I mean everywhere. There is more media here than fans too, which is bizarre to see. Most people are dressed up, some not so much. No one really knows what to do or where to be, then the man on the microphone tells everyone what to do. He's currently introducing all the tables and the Devils fans are booing. It's awesome. Huge RANGERS SUCK chant.
2:59 -- I'm actually very excited right now. That will likely wear off by pick 2. Good thing the media room was filled with treats: I'm talking chocolate, chips and cookies. #sugarhigh Question - If two cookies are stuck together, does it count as one? I say yes.
3:05 -- Here we go. Time for the fun to start. What are your expectations for today? Hoping the Canucks draft 24th? If so, who would you like to see picked? Maybe you want Vancouver to pull off a trade? If so, which players are involved? Play GM for a minute, comment below with your thoughts.
3:06 -- Massive booing for Gary Bettman as he takes to the podium to kick off the draft. I actually can't understand him through all the heckling. Wow.
3:12 -- Nathan Mackinnon goes first overall to the Colorado Avalanche. Congrats! Is it Vancouver's turn yet?
3:16 -- Here's the deal: Every team gets three minutes to make their pick. When that runs out, they walk up, slowly, and announce their pick. I say they change that. They have three minutes to get to the mic and announce their pick, or the next team can jump in and steal it. How exciting would the draft be then! Kind of like the XFL kickoff when the players had to run to the ball - no one remembers that, just me? Oh. Nevermind.
3:27 -- Seth Jones, predicted to go first overall, goes fourth, to the Nashville Predators. More interesting than that, the in-house DJ has been playing the Jurassic Park soundtrack between picks. Seriously. This is wicked.
3:29 -- Now he's playing Foo Fighters. Did the DJ swipe my yellow sport walkman?!?
3:38 -- Comment from Dawn: I want updates that matter. ie interpreting Mike Gillis secret hand signals .... - Good point Dawn. I just stared at Gillis for 145 seconds and here's what I saw: he drank some water, said something to Gilman and checked his phone. Now THAT'S insider info. You're welcome.
3:45 -- Darnell Nurse goes seventh overall, ushered to the stage by Pirates of the Caribbean theme song. That is not on my tape.
3:50 -- Canucks are up in 17 picks...
3:57 -- If what I just heard is true, the Canucks will be involved in New Jersey's 10th overall pick.
3:58 - OFFICIAL - THE CANUCKS HAVE TRADED CORY SCHNEIDER TO THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS FOR THE 9TH OVERALL PICK.
4:01 -- With the 9th overall pick, the Canucks select Bo Horvat, C (London, OHL). Comment: Plays at both ends of the ice, scores dirty goals. Love it. Heard he can palm a medicine ball.
4:30 -- I'm back. That was wild. I ran down to meet Bo and here's what we know: his favourite player is Mike Richards, he played on frozen backyard ponds on his grandparents farm growing up and is from a small town call Rodney, of 1,000 people - he has 80 people here with him today. Do the math.
4:33 -- Meet Bo Harvat. Story on Bo here.
4:43 -- This is still nuts. I can't actually believe it. The draft went from 0 to 60 in a heartbeat. What's the reaction out there? How do you feel about this move?
4:47 -- Bo's first interview.
4:53 -- Here's what the official NHL Draft guide says about Horvat: First thing that jumps about about Bo is his incredible work ethic and awareness in all zones. He brings an interesting skillset offensively as he has slick hands down the wing, good power and a nose for the net. Able to create scoring opportunities in many different ways whether it's his creativity off the rush or banging home a garbage goal on the doorstep. Horvat has a strong body presence out front and good puck protection along the wall and low in the offensive zone. Does all of the little things right and has shown superb leadership by example. Built for playoff hockey and potential to be a team captain down the road. NHL potential: 2nd-3rd line two-way center with great work ethic and developing offensive update. Style compared to: Ryan O'Reilly.
5:04 -- We're onto the 20th overall pick, Canucks are up again in a flash.
5:10 -- I am using the headline Bo Knows for every story I ever do about him, so you know.
5:24 -- The Canucks are on the clock again. Only the second time since 1990 they've had two first round selections.
5:29 -- With the 24th overall pick, the Canucks select Hunter Shinkaruk, LW Medicine Hat, WHL. Comment: One of the most dynamic offensive threats in the draft. Solid.
5:30 -- I'm headed down to meet the new new guy, Hunter. Back in a jiffy.
6:12 -- Annnnd I'm back, a little sweatier than before I left. Hunter Shinkaruk seems like a great kid, he could not be happier to be in a Canucks jersey. His smile is rivaling [name]'s. Speaking of [name], saw him mingling with the New Jersey runner. I can't confirm this, but the Schneider for 9th pick trade may have been worked out between those two. Those kids got game.
6:15 -- Here's what the official NHL Draft guide says about Shinkaruk: Shinkaruk had 49 goals last year and has gone into his draft year with tremendous expectations. One of only a couple of first time draft eligible players who also happen to wear the captain's C on their uniforms, Shinkaruk is an extremely valuable contributor on and off the ice. One of the final cuts for Canada's WJC team, Shinkaruk is a very skilled and very intelligent offensive player who can also will offense to happen. He has a great shot, slick hands and knows what to do in almost every of the offensive zones. He tends to shine brightest when needed the most and is no stranger to putting the team on his back. Shinkaruk doesn't take no for an answer. NHL Potential: Top 6 forward who will contribute offense and will always provide a spark when needed. Style compares to: David Perron.
6:23 -- Meet Hunter Shinkaruk.
6:25 -- We've got a few minutes here now between picks. We're into the second round and the Canucks don't pick again until the 3rd round, 85th overall - unless there's another trade. Let's all take a little break, get some fresh air and maybe some food (yes I'm hungry again).
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