Canucks fans will likely be hearing more about the NHL Entry draft this coming week than they will about the 2017-18 regular season.
The Canucks will hold their first draft lottery at their training camp on July 27.
It’s the first draft in 20 years the Canucks have held since they moved from Winnipeg in 1987.
The draft is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
PT on Friday (7 p.m., ET) and run through 3 p.t. on Saturday.
There’s no indication the Canucks will draft in the first round.
That would make the draft eligible for a maximum four teams to participate.
The league has said the draft will take place Thursday night (6 p.p.m.) at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Vancouver Canucks were one of two teams to make the playoffs last season, but the Canucks lost the first-round series to the Philadelphia Flyers.
It was their first postseason loss since the 1999-2000 season, when they lost in seven games to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Canucks also lost in the second round of the playoffs to the New Jersey Devils in six games.
Vancouver will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
The top three teams in the Eastern Conference will play in the third round, and the top two teams in each conference will play for the Stanley Cup.