The Vancouver Canucks had two picks in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft in June. It looks like they chose wisely as Bo Horvat who was selected with the ninth overall pick Vancouver received in exchange for Cory Schneider and Hunter Shinkaruk the No. 24 pick will both start the season with the Canucks according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

Whether Shinkaruk and Horvat stick for longer than the nine games before activating the first year of their entry-level contracts remains to be seen. An injury to Jordan Schroeder and Zack Kassian's five-game suspension likely cleared the way for these two to get into the lineup.

Regardless of circumstance the fact that Vancouver's top picks in this last draft will make the opening-night roster is a positive thing for the organization. Both Horvat and Shinkaruk are gifted forwards that likely have a lot of good hockey ahead of them but neither were considered strong candidates to start the year in the NHL with Vancouver's relative depth at forward.