Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad

NHL Draft: Ekblad No. 1, Reinhart goes No. 2; Canucks draft Abbotsford’s Virtanen 6th

The Canucks drafted a B.C.-born player in the first round, sixth overall, early in the first round of Thursday's NHL Entry Draft.

Abbotsford kid Jake Virtanen has been selected by the Vancouver Canucks, going sixth overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Drafted.

Virtanen was in virtually all scouts’ and analysts’ top 10 draft prospects, falling around the six spot next to Nick Ritchie, Nikolaj Ehlers, and William Nylander.

North Vancouver’s Sam Reinhart was also selected second overall, going to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Reinhart was favoured to go in the top three, perhaps No. 1 overall. That honour instead went to Aaron Ekblad of the OHL’s Barrie Colts, who was drafted by the Florida Panthers.

The Vancouver Canucks are believed to have offered Florida a number of packages for their first overall pick, where they would have (or could have) selected Reinhart. TSN reported, during the live show of the draft, that Vancouver had offered Florida their 6th overall pick, their 24th overall pick, as well as 2013 first-rounder Hunter Shinkaruk.

More to come…

2014 NHL 1st Round – Top 10 Selections

1. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad (OHL – Barrie Colts)

2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart (WHL – Kootenay Ice)

3. Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl (WHL – Prince Albert Raiders)

4. Calgary Flames: Sam Bennett (OHL – Kingston Frontenacs)

5. New York Islanders: Michael Dal Colle (OHL – Oshawa Generals)

6. Vancouver Canucks: Jake Virtanen (WHL – Calgary Hitmen)

7. Carolina Hurricanes: Haydn Fleury (WHL – Red Deer Rebels)

8. Toronto Maple Leafs: William Nylander (Swedish Hockey League – MODO)

9. Winnipeg Jets: Nikolaj Ehlers (QMJHL – Halifax Mooseheads)

10. Anaheim Ducks: Nick Ritchie (OHL – Peterborough Petes)

Just Posted

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

Swimmer set for double crossing of Georgia Strait

Jill Yoneda’s Aug. 3 swim will benefit Canuck Place

Sport fishing ban protest organizers trolling for attention

Hook-less anglers hitting Sooke area waters July 29 to protest DFO’s summer fin-fish ban

From hot dog to not dog: stuffed toy prompts car break in

The stuffed dog had been in the backseat for 18 years without problems

VIDEO: Victoria woman recounts driving past wildfire near Peachland

Jenna Smith compared the fire to an apocalypse movie

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

BC Wildfire update on 14 major Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

UPDATED: Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters defy eviction order

Demonstrators at Camp Cloud in Burnaby say they won’t leave, but will meet with city officials

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Okanagan wildfires have potential to become firestorms, says UBC expert

David Andison said to let smaller fires go, to create pockets in the landscape for new forests

2017 wildfires give B.C. mom chance to say thank you to officer who saved her son

An unlikely encounter in the rural community of Likely, near Williams Lake

Most Read