Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 31 2015 02:13PM
Today is the last day in August. Not that I have anything against the summer, but you can't help but be stoked to have this month behind you. It leaves us with just one more month in the offseason; one full of training camps, preseason games, and all the banter that comes with them. After that, it's time for hockey!
Especially in a year where Vancouver has been stupid hot, and with the exception of this weekend, stupid dry, I'm more than okay with moving on from the summer. While we continue to wait, however, lets look at a few of the questions that stumbled into the CA Mailbag this week:
August 31 2015 11:00AM
Things have come full circle for Hunter Shinkaruk, at least as far as the prospect profiles are concerned. The talented winger was fifth in our organizational prospect rankings in his first year with the Vancouver Canucks and has since returned to the exact same place where he started, only now he's in his third year with the organization.
Selected 24th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks were all too eager to end this highly productive junior's slide. Given that many expected Shinkaruk's name to be off the board by the tenth selection, this pick fit the profile of fallen stars selected in the first round from the latter years of the Mike Gillis regime.
Shinkaruk checks in at fifth in our annual prospect rankings.
August 31 2015 09:37AM
Acquired in a mid-season trade with the Florida Panthers, Ed Jovanovski joined Vancouver in the formative years of their rebuild towards the West Coast Express era of Canucks hockey.
Part of a deal which involved seven pieces in total, Jovanovski left Florida (where he was selected first overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft) alongside a first-round selection, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Dave Gagner; the cost was hefty, with Vancouver dealing Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a third-round selection.
The table was set for a very successful seven years with the Vancouver Canucks. Lets take a trip down memory lane, why don't we?
August 28 2015 02:29PM
Given this, we've a constant body of work with which to observe when assigning Bieksa's place among the all-time greats along the Canucks blue line. Frankly, it's an impressive resume which spans a decade and includes some awesome memories along the way.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 28 2015 12:30PM
One of the fun things about these prospect profiles is that we get to look way into the future, daydreaming about what's yet to come for the Canucks organization. At the same time, that gets a little stale sometimes; occasionally, you want to talk about a player who will make an immediate impact on the roster.
It's safe to say that Frank Corrado, who has already had a couple of
large grande cups of coffee in the NHL, matches that description.