Canucks drafts choices at junior tourney could suit up for Moose

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Juraj Simek was taken by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (167th overall) in the 2006 NHL entry draft. Besides Simek, there are a few other Canucks draft choices playing in the 2007 WJHC -- which means we may see them in Manitoba Moose colours in the near future.

D Daniel Rahimi

Sweden, 19 years old, plays for Bjorkloven (Sweden) has no goals and two assists in 23 games this season.

The Canucks went off the board a little to select the 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenceman in the third round (82nd overall) in the 2006 NHL entry draft but Rahimi is showing signs of life. An anomaly -- a big, bruising Swedish defenceman -- he is one of the leaders on Sweden's junior team.

C Mario Bliznak

Slovakia, 19 years old, plays for the Vancouver Giants.

He won't dazzle fans with his offensive skills but what the 6-foot, 197-pound Bliznak brings to the table is something rare among European imports: Defensive responsibility. The Canucks selected the solid two-way performer in the seventh round (205th overall) in the 2005 NHL entry draft.

D Luc Bourdon

Canada, 19 years old, plays for the Moncton Wildcats.

Has three goals and 11 assists in 13 games this season.

Yeah, yeah, we know...the former first round pick (10th overall in '05 is probably slated for the Canucks if and when he finally is able to display some consistency. But let's look at the facts: He did little to impress Vancouver coaches this past fall and unknown quantities like Alex Edler and Patrick Coulombe have suddenly made a crowded blue-line even tighter. Bourdon in a Moose uniform at the end of this season or to begin the next campaign? Don't discount it.


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