September 14 2014 01:58PM
The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'm judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.
Vancouver opened the tournament in prime time on Friday night against the Oilers' prospects in what was really a tale of two games.
The Canucks brought a strange roster to their own tournament, with 10 invitees among their 23 healthy bodies. Injuries and sickness are the proximate cause, but one wonders where some of their AHL talent is this weekend, including Alex Friesen, Alex Mallet, Joacim Eriksson and new comer Linden Vey.
It might have helped to have a few more experienced bodies, as the Canucks simply didn't dare roll lines against a dangerous Oilers club. The team started in a conservative set to contain the skilled Oilers group, but opened up in the second period and began managing the bench to double shift each of their stars in various parts of the lineup. The Canucks clawed back from a deep shot deficit after the first period and lost in overtime thanks to the remarkable efforts of a few key prospects.
Inside we'll begin where we left off last year - systems stuff at the top and then a review of every player to follow. You can see the game on YouTube here. (Apologies for the delayed post - lots to watch and write out here!)
September 12 2014 05:04PM
It’s back to work time at the Nation. Unreasonable optimism is beginning to build here in Edmonton, Brian Burke is already irate about something or other down in Calgary and in Vancouver ocean kayakers shrug indifferently at one other when the Canucks are infrequently mentioned.
We have some big things planned for the Nation Network this fall. Existing sites are being rebuilt. Sexy new looks are being designed. We have also purchased one of the largest hockey sites on all of the internets and we will be announcing all of this fun in the next couple weeks.
As part of our rebuild + relaunch plans we are doing a super annoying 4 minute survey. You know the kind that we all hate to do.
September 12 2014 12:42PM
The Nations Network is sending this Jets blogger to the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'll be judging your team and bringing you live scouting reports. Check out last year's wrap-up piece here.
The Young Stars Tournament is here again! I'll be there all weekend to scout, blog, and dry out my insides with Okanagan Events Centre popcorn. You can follow me on twitter (@kevinmccart) for live insights, or check out the Nations Network of blogs for game and player reviews.
Inside we'll reflect a bit on last year's tournament and take a look at the Canucks' Young Stars roster. Have a player, story or system you're excited about? Let me know in the comments!
September 12 2014 11:07AM
There have been some rather dry stretches here as the offseason has dragged on and I've found myself eagerly awaiting the return of hockey in certain instances. With that being said when friends, family, and other acquaintances - after they've found out what it is that I do - ask whether I'm bored these days, I'm quick to point out that it's actually to the contrary.
Once the season gets going, things become hectic and there proves to be very little time to be retrospective, thinking about the big picture. The schedule is a grind; you're usually hopping from watching and recapping one game, to previewing and getting ready for the next. Rinse, repeat.
That's why I've been spending the past few weeks catching up on things that would normally fall by the wayside amidst all of the in-season hoopla. Like, for example, a neat thought-provoking piece by Iain Fyffe in Rob Vollman's latest Hockey Abstract about using past history as a means of predicting who will ultimately get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
September 12 2014 09:12AM
Ah, how I love the smell of prospects in the morning..
OK, I probably could've worded that in a less creepy manner, but my point remains. After a long summer of inactivity and people trying to pretend to be interested in soccer, hockey is finally stumbling out of bed and starting to put its pants on. This process for most teams usually involves their younger players going out and playing in mini tournaments, such as the Young Stars Tournament that the Canucks, Flames, Jets, and Oilers are putting on this weekend.
The mere fact that hockey is back in any kind of form - I got so desperate for a hockey fix in August that I ended up watching the Australian hockey league. Go Mustangs! AIHL Champs! - is reason enough to be excited, but their is a particular kind of enjoyment I get out of hockey before the regular season starts.
Read on past the jump to find out more, you know how this works.