Canucks fans, welcome to “overreaction theatre”, where one crazy day of trade activity can lead you to start making irrational conclusions.
Let’s start the drama by first stating the Pacific Division got significantly better, and the Vancouver Canucks stood idly by and watched it happen.
It started a couple months ago when somehow, whether it be by Hockey Gods or sheer dumb luck the Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery and the right to select Connor McDavid, the teenage phenom who has drawn comparisons to Sidney Crosby since he was a 13-year-old. A 13-year-old!
And then today, the Calgary Flames made a splash by parlaying a first round draft pick and a pair of seconds to the Boston Bruins in exchange for young defenseman Dougie Hamilton, which now gives them a core of Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett, Sean Monahan, TJ Brodie and Hamilton, all under 25 years of age.
Then the Kings traded a series of future prospects and a backup goaltender in exchange for East Vancouver’s Milan Lucic, a power forward who would’ve added both strength and probably sold a few Canucks jerseys had they consummated such a deal.
And all at the same time this transpired when all the talk was about how Kevin Bieksa and Eddie Lack would be traded for draft picks in a bid to keep the Canucks young and focused on the future.
Getting winger Brock Boeser with their 23rd overall selection is all well and good and helps stock a cupboard which badly needs it, but this is not a time when the Canucks can stay on their current course and watch their rivals improve drastically. Not if this team intends on contending for a playoff spot again.
There’s still time for Canucks general manager Jim Benning to make a move, but this is overreaction theatre, where it’s easy to say the sky is falling in Vancouver.