Vancouver Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis has surprised many fans by trading the team's so-called goalie of the future, Cory Schneider, to New Jersey.
In return, the Canucks received the Devils' first-round pick—and the ninth overall selection—in the 2013 NHL draft.
The Canucks chose 18-year-old centre Bo Horvat. He scored 33 goals and posted 28 assists in helping London come first in the Ontario Hockey League. He also helped his team make the Memorial Cup championship by scoring a game-winning goal in the final second of the seventh game of the OHL championship.
The trade suggests that Roberto Luongo will once again be Vancouver's number-one goalie.
Luongo's multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract imposes a $5.33-million hit on the Canucks' spending cap in 2013–14, according to the capgeek website. This may have made him more difficult to move to another team.
Meanwhile, the Canucks have been grooming lanky Swedish goalie Eddie Lack on the farm team, the Chicago Wolves.
However, he suffered a serious groin and hip injury last season and underwent surgery in early 2013. Lack's expected to be back next season.