Selected by Vancouver Canucks round 1 #4 overall 1985 NHL Entry Draft
Jim Sandlak was nicknamed "The House" because he was as big as a house. He was one of the biggest players in the league during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He stood 6'4" and 220lbs
While his size, strength and shot dominated the junior leagues, he never really got untracked at the NHL level. His best season was in 1988-89 when he scored 20 goals and 20 assists. He had an equally strong season in 1991-92 when he scored 16 goals and 24 assists and a career high 176 PIM. Sandlak was probably at his best that season as he was more consistent in his physical play.
Sandlak was a good third or fourth right winger for the Canucks for 8 seasons but never developed like they had hoped. Despite this the Canucks were reluctant to trade the popular big guy. The Canucks were burned when they traded another big right winger with a good shot earlier in the decade. That of course was Cam Neely. The Canucks were afraid of looking foolish if Sandlak developed into a good player in another organization, so they stuck with him, hoping for the best.