Vancouver Canucks Take Candella, Stukel, Abols and McKenzie With Last Picks In 2016 NHL Draft

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    June 25, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks finished off the second and last day of the draft with picks in the 5th, 6th and 7th rounds, after choosing right wing William Lockwood of the USA U-18 team, with the 64th pick in the 3rd round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

With their third pick of the 2016 NHL draft, Vancouver chose defenseman Cole Candella of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League, with the 140th pick (5th round) in the 2016 NHL draft.

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With their fourth pick of the 2016 NHL draft, Vancouver chose left wing Jakob Stukel of the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League, with the 154th pick (6th round) of the 2016 NHL draft.

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With their fifth pick of the 2016 NHL draft, Vancouver chose center Rodrigo Abols of the Portland Winter Hawks in the Western Hockey League, with the 184th pick (7th round) in the 2016 NHL draft.

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A gritty, hard-working forward with a large frame. An agile skater for his size and is starting to work explosiveness into his game. Smart with and without the puck, and exhibits strength at both ends of the ice. Not the most physical player, but that side of his game will come naturally as he develops more bullish instincts. Loves to battle and works hard to win puck possession on open ice, along the boards, and in the corners. All-in-all, a sizeable forward that has the raw tools it takes to become an effective producer as he elevates his game. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

Father: Artis Ābols

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With their sixth and last pick of the 2016 NHL draft, Vancouver chose center Brett McKenzie of the North Bay Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League, with the 194th pick (7th round) of the 2016 NHL draft.

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McKenzie can be described as a smart defensive forward who skates well and is excellent on the draw. He is not overly physical, but his overall awareness in all 3 zones is coveted. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2015)

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Sources: NHL.com, Eliteprospects.com, Youtube

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