Never underestimate the power of draft picks. The Vancouver Canucks are at the point where they have confirmed their stance on the upcoming trade deadline.
The Canucks are not looking to give away any draft picks, but they might be interested in adding some if the deal is right.
In an interview on TSN 1040 in Vancouver, Canucks President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden indicated the team plans on protecting its assets, but will consider the options available.
"Just like last year, we'll go into (this year's trade) deadline with (the mindset where) we'd love to add picks, certainly that would be nice," Linden said. "We definitely aren't looking to move any draft picks, and I think it's important to keep in mind, too, that the trade deadline doesn't make or break your team. It's a team building exercise; you build your team through trades, the draft, college free agents, etc. We'll be in the conversations and obviously, these are complicated scenarios. You need a willing trade partner, you need player cooperation. We all make trades in our head and they're all pretty simple, but they're a lot more complicated than that.
"So, we'll be in the conversation and we'll see where that puts us."
The Canucks have five draft picks, as of now, for the 2017 NHL Draft: their own selections in the first-, second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round.
Don't expect big movement from this hockey club come March 1. Linden has previously stated that the expansion draft is going to keep them from making moves before the deadline, though the right price for pending unrestricted free agent winger Alexandre Burrows could factor in.