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Vancouver Canucks beef up draft prospect haul with minor-leaguers

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Vancouver Canucks beef up draft prospect haul with minor-leaguers

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The Canucks acquired centre Ryan Shannon from Anaheim and defenceman Jim Sharrow from Atlanta, sending forward Jesse Schultz to the Thrashers and the rights to left-winger Jason King and a conditional draft pick to Anaheim.

After drafting American forward Patrick White in the first round Friday at No. 25, the Canucks added a big defenceman, two more centreman and a couple of wingers to their stable Saturday, including Ilja Kablukov, 146th overall.

"We feel he has the ability to play quickly and the others may take a little bit more time," Canucks GM Dave Nonis said of the Russian.

The Canucks took Everett Silvertips defenceman Taylor Ellington of Victoria in the second round at 33rd.

"You never really expect the team you idolized growing up to select you in the draft," Ellington said. "I played road hockey wearing my Canuck Pavel Bure jersey."

Shannon, five foot nine and 178 pounds, had two goals and nine assists in 53 games for the Ducks last season and another two goals and seven assists in 14 games for Anaheim's AHL team, the Portland Pirates.

He was an AHL all-star in 2006 after scoring 27 goals and collecting 59 assists in 71 games.

Sharrow, six foot two and 195 pounds, had four goals and 14 assists in 42 games for the Chicago Wolves.

"He's a very good puck mover," Nonis said. "I think he needs to improve his strength and he knows that."

Ellington, a six-foot, 200-pound blue-liner, says he's inspired by his older brother Spencer, a former hockey and baseball player who is currently confined to a wheelchair with broken blood vessels in his neck.

Ellington said his brother's condition was mistakenly diagnosed initially as transverse myelitis, which is a neurologic syndrome caused by inflammation of the spinal cord.

"It's amazing to watch what he's going through and how positive he is all the time," Ellington said. "Tons of inspiration.

"I owe him a lot. It's because of him I'm here. He made me compete my whole life because he used to beat me up all the time."

He's hopeful his brother will eventually recover.

"There's always a fighting chance and he's a strong kid," Ellington said. "He has some movement and we're hoping for the best."

Vancouver's other draft picks Saturday were:

-Centre Charles-Antoine Messier, 145th overall, from Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL;

-U.S.-born centre Taylor Matson, 176th overall, from Des Moines of the USHL;

-Winger Dan Gendur, 206th overall, from Everett of the WHL.

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