Canucks pick up nice surprise

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks failed to deliver any type of blockbuster Friday.

Instead, they were the ones who received a surprise.

GM Mike Gillis and his staff sat through the first 21 picks without making any noise but managed to steal Jordan Schroeder with the 22nd pick at the NHL entry draft.

Having been ranked much higher - 14th by International Scouting Service and 9th by The Hockey News - Schroeder dropped to the 22nd slot, where Gillis called it a no-brainer to select the Minnesota native.

"Very surprised," said Gillis. "We see him as a dynamic offensive player who can score goals, he's a bright young man. We're very happy."

Schroeder had 13 goals and 45 points in 35 games for the University of Minnesota last season, while recording 11 points for Team USA at the World Juniors.

"I'm a playmaking type player," Schroeder said. "Being able to distribute to my teammate and setting up goals, but at the same type being able to put the puck in the net."

The 5'8", 175 lbs centre agreed with the comparison of himself playing a similar style as New Jersey's Brian Gionta.

"I'm not the biggest guy on the ice, I know that," he said. "I use my skills and my skating, those assets to be a hockey player in the NHL."

Now, Schroeder is looking ahead.

"The next challenge is to play in the NHL, that's my next goal," he said. "I couldn't be happier to go to Vancouver."


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