Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 6/22/12
Mike Gillis stayed true to his word and drafted the best overall athlete available to him with the 26th pick today in the 2012 NHL entry draft. Mike Gillis said "This is the guy we wanted. Size and character. We had some opportunities to move this pick. We weren't moving if he was available." The Vancouver Canucks selected Brendan Gaunce. TSN had him ranked #20 prospect in this draft, and was the highest available prospect left on the BIG TSN Board. So when it was all said and done it looks like Mike Gillis (Canucks GM) was telling the truth. The Canucks have said all along that they have lots of interest in Luongo. But the best fits, and the likeliest destinations haven't changed. Florida and Toronto are the two teams he's likely dealing with, and we could see a trade sometime over the summer. Gaunce can play Center or Left wing, he can be a top 6 forward that can be really difficult to play against says Bob McKenzie in the post pick comments. Gaunce was quoted as saying to TSN, "Getting
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