May 24 2016 03:00PM
Expectations were high for Linden Vey when the Canucks dealt a second-round pick to the Los Angeles Kings to acquire him in the summer of 2014. There were ups and downs during his first full NHL season, but fans hoped that with a year of full-time NHL experience and a full summer of training under his belt, he would be able to build on a 10-goal, 24-point campaign.
Unfortunately those hopes were dashed when he was a surprise cut on the last day of training camp, losing his spot to rookie Jared McCann.
May 24 2016 11:00AM
The Linden Vey experiment is nearing the conclusion of its second year and possibly its stay in Vancouver period.
Though the Canucks had high hopes for the project centre when they acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings for a second-round selection in advance of the 2014 NHL Draft, they've failed to secure their money's worth to date.
To the Canucks credit, it was a sound decision that carried a sizeable probabilistic advantage in their favour of securing a bona fide NHL player. And to Vey's, it shouldn't be forgotten that he's dealing with an unimaginable situation involving his family, which reads too close to the script of Fargo for comfort. Now the Canucks have a second opportunity to qualify Vey and have to decide whether it's worth the trouble.
May 24 2016 08:00AM
Tyler Benson entered the season as someone who could hear his name called in the Top 15 of the 2016 NHL Entry draft, but injuries derailed his season before it even began.
Now the former first overall WHL bantam pick finds himself falling in draft rankings simply because there are too many questions marks for a player that had very few to start the year. Our consensus rankings have him holding onto one of the final first-round spots because we think there is enough talent for a team to take the risk.
Benson checks in as the 29th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
May 23 2016 03:00PM
We are halfway through our draft rankings!
In an effort to make all the profiles easy to access and in one place, we have created this post to include all of the players ranked from 60 to 31.
We hope you have enjoyed the profiles so far. They will only get better from here as we approach the top of what should be a fun draft class.
May 23 2016 01:00PM
It may be the May long weekend, but Canucks Army never sleeps, cause sleep is the cousin of death. Which is to say that we don't take this Victoria Day thing overly seriously, and are still hard at work.
It's the season of prospect profiles and year-end pieces for each individual player on the Canucks roster. A good time to be alive, indeed. Next up are free agent profiles, but I don't want to tip my hand too much. Suffice to say, there's even more great hashtag content on the way.
For now, though, I've a bevvy of Canucks related (and not Canucks related, frankly) questions to answer on the other side of the jump.