Vancouver Canucks’ top pick goes to Colorado Avalanche
Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning is heading to Colorado for a final look before the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
The Canucks selected defenseman Michael Chaput (RPI, 2nd round, 2017) and forwards Ryan O’Reilly (4th round, 201) and Ryan Kesler (6th round (197), 5th round 2017) in the second round of the draft on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Chaput played in 67 games with the Sherbrooke Phoenix last season, posting three assists and nine penalty minutes.
He had three goals and nine assists in 14 playoff games.
He also played in two AHL games with Sault Ste.
Marie this season, tallying one assist.
He scored two goals in eight games with Toronto this season.
Chaput will likely join the Avalanche on a two-way deal as they prepare to make a trade in 2017-18, according to Sportsnet’s Darren Dreger.
Chad Johnson, a left wing, was the Canucks top pick in the 2017 draft.
He is currently playing in the American Hockey League.
He posted 11 goals and 30 points in 55 games this season for the Everett Silvertips.
Johnson is a second-round pick (56th overall) in 2016.
He was the fourth-leading scorer for the University of Washington in 2015-16, and has five goals and six assists in 39 games this year.
Johnson has represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
He has scored three goals with seven assists in nine games.