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.
August 28 2015 10:00AM
(From the Utica Comets Press Release)
The AHL released its full 2015-16 schedule today, and there are plenty of changes in store for the Utica Comets.
Due to all the tumult with the geographical location of the 30 American Hockey League franchises, there has been plenty of conference and divisional restructuring this off season. The Comets will visit buildings they've never been to and host teams that have never played in the AUD before, as well faceoff against plenty of old and new rivals, and partake in a couple of encounters with former teammates.
Let's dive in and examine the particulars of the upcoming Utica Comets season.