TSN.ca Staff


VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks made a splash at their home draft on Saturday, acquiring forward J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canucks sent goalie Marek Mazanec to Tampa with a 2019 third-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional pick.

Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season.

The native of East Palestine, Ohio, is known as a versatile forward who can play all three positions.

He was originally selected 15th overall by the Rangers in 2011 and spent six seasons in New York before he was dealt to Tampa Bay in 2018.

The Canucks got Mazanec from the Nashville Predators in February but he did not play for Vancouver last season.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning has been adamant in recent weeks that the club needs to add a top-six forward to supplement its core of young talent.

The NHL draft kicked off in Vancouver on Friday night, with the New Jersey Devils taking American forward Jack Hughes first overall.

The Canucks took Russian forward Vasily Podkolzin with the 10th pick.