Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/5/13
Opening the window There’s been a fear since the Canucks early playoff exit that the window for this core to bring a Stanley Cup to Vancouver had perhaps a few years left until old age spoiled them. The Canucks weren’t getting younger with an average age of 28.9, and with few bluechip prospects in the pipeline, comparisons to the Calgary Flames’ long slide after the 2004 cup run were plenty. Gillis, for his part, promised a ‘reset’ in his post-mortem press conference to prevent such an outcome, and even though he traded the younger goalie at this weekend’s draft, he also made some significant moves to help the Canucks plan for the future, aka life without the Sedins. In a first round fell swoop, Gillis drafted centres Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk, Andrew Cassels’ son Cole, and the youngest of the Subban family. Mike Gillis has set the Canucks up for future success When added to a prospect pool that includes Niklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce, Frank Corrado, and Kellan Lain, not to ment...
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