No real Mess this time

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks have a Messier again.

They hope prospect Charles-Antoine Messier turns out better than the unrelated multimillion-dollar veteran Mark did a decade ago.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) centre Messier was Vancouver's fifth-round (145th overall) pick on Saturday in the National Hockey League's entry draft.

The Canucks took 18-year-old centre Patrick White of the U.S. Hockey League's Tri-City Storm 25th overall in the first round. Americans Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) and James Van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers) were claimed first and second, respectively.

Phoenix Coyotes' head coach Wayne Gretzky chose New Westminster-born, Burnaby Express star centre Kyle Turris with the third pick overall.

The Washington Capitals took Burnaby-born defenseman Karl Alzner from the Calgary Hitmen with the fifth overall pick.

The Canucks claimed Victoria-born defenceman Taylor Ellington in the second round (33rd overall), from Everett Silvertips (WHL) and completed their choices with CSKA Moscow's Ilja Kublokov (156th), Des Moines, Iowa's Taylor Matson (176th) and Everett Silvertip Dan Gendur (206th).

Five Memorial Cup champion Vancouver Giants were claimed. First rounder Jon Blum (23rd overall) became a Nashville Predator. He's the third Giant picked in the first round after Mark Fistric (Dallas 2004) and Gilbert Brule (Columbus 2005). Michal Repik (Flordia), Spencer Machacek (Atlanta) and goaltender Tyson Sexsmith (San Jose) went in later rounds.


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