Vancouver went the smart route when it finally came their turn to pick at the 2010 NHL draft.
With the 115th overall selection, the Canucks took the brainy blueliner Patrick McNally, who is set to attend Harvard University.
"He's a bright young guy," Gillis said. "He's big and he's got a lot of skill. It seems like a good pick but you never know, we'll find out."
The 6-2, 180 lbs McNally had 35 points in 28 games with Milton Academy in Massachusetts last year and was voted Prep Defenceman of the Year by U.S. Hockey Report.
The addition gives Vancouver another offensive defenceman in their system, an area Gillis has addressed the pass couple years.
He said the Canucks had him ranked higher on their list.
"With Chris Tanev, Kevin Connauton and now McNally, we've got three guys that are offensive guys in development and we'll see what's going to merge," he said. "Because he's solely committed to Harvard that teams passed on him and it dropped him down. We have four, five young defencemen in Manitoba this year so we felt that it wasn't a hinderance. He can stay there and develop."
Vancouver had no picks through the first three rounds but it wasn't something Gillis was concerned with.
"We've done a good job the last couple years with our selection," said Gillis. "We have a little room to try and approach it differently this year and go hard on it next year."
With their fifth round pick, the Canucks took another defenceman, drafting Czech Adam Polasek. The 6-2, 187 lbs blueliner had 41 points in 66 games with the Prince Edward Island Rockets of the QMJHL last season.
With two picks in the sixth round, Vancouver took centre Alex Friesen of the OHL Niagara IceDogs with the 172nd selection and Finnish goaltender Jonathan Iilahti with the 175th pick.