Now let's look at the players on the Canucks roster that have been drafted and developed by this team (comparing systems here, not GM's).
Henrik Sedin. 3rd overall 1999. Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner, 1st team All-Star.
Daniel Sedin. 2nd overall 1999. Art Ross and Ted Lindsay winner, 1st team All-Star.
Ryan Kesler. 1st round 2003. Selke winner, premiere two-way forward. Breakthrough year 2007-08.
Jannik Hansen. 9th round 2004. Shutdown energy winger. Earned regular spot in 2009-10.
Alex Burrows. Undrafted. Top 6 forward rounding out one of the best lines in hockey. Great at both ends of the ice.
Mason Raymond. 2nd round 2005. Speedy winger. Breakout season 2009-10.
Kevin Bieksa. 5th round 2001. Earned regular spot on blueline in 2006-06. Top 3 defenseman.
Alex Edler. 3rd round of 2004. Earned regular spot on blueline in 2007-08. Top 3 (maybe 2) defenseman.
Chris Tanev. Undrafted, signed 2010-11. Expected to be on regular roster when hockey resumes. Top 4? defenseman.
Cory Schneider. 1st round 2004. Earned regular spot on roster in 2010-11. Starting goaltender.
That's not bad, 10 current players that are major contributors to the team and have been drafted (or found) and developed within the organization.
Now look at some of the moves made by Mike Gillis since he took the reigns in 2008.
Mats Sundin. Big signing, though not ideal. Sundin didn't contribute as expected but was instrumental in Kesler's development.
Dan Hamhuis. UFA signing. Good move, though Hamhuis wanted to come here. Top 3 defenseman.
Chris Higgins. Acquired via trade. Good trade, key contributor in 2011 playoffs.
Keith Ballard. Acquired via trade. A bust, but not one that anyone predicted.
David Booth. Acquired via trade. Did not live up to expectations, though injuries have been an issue. Jury still out.
Max Lapierre. Acquired via trade. Solid depth center who can move up the lineup as needed.
Manny Malhotra. Signed as UFA. Good signing at the time. Eye injury making contract look like waste of cap last season.
Jason Garrison. Signed as UFA. Was much sought after on UFA market, chose Vancouver.
Zack Kassian. Acquired via trade. Who knows what will happen here. Kassian could be a boom or a bust, if he pans out Gillis will look like a genius.
Sedins. Gillis extended them to bargain bin contracts.
Alex Burrows. Gillis has extended his contract twice since taking the helm in Vancouver. Both times the contract has been a very good one for the team.
Luongo. Gillis extended his contract, and regardless of what people say, $5.5M for a goalie like Luongo is a good deal.
Schneider. Signed to extension. Gillis looking towards future with Schneider in net rather than trade young talent.
Christian Ehrhoff. Acquired via trade. Really good pickup for a puck moving dman. Ehrhoff wanted longer term in the end. Was still an amazing trade to get him for a couple of seasons.
It's tragic that Gillis has done such a shit job of adding to this team while letting so many key assets just depart as UFA's.....
I wish we had as many home-grown players on our roster as the Bruins and Red Wings have on theirs.