May 11 2016 08:00AM
Cameron Morrison is easily the best player available in the USHL this year from a statistical standpoint (USNTDP players aside). He's being billed as a power forward and rightfully so - he's got the size, shot, and aggressive playing style of a power winger.
In his first season in the USHL, the Ontario native blew away his competition, leading in all relevant statistical categories, all while being one of the youngest members of his draft class.
Cameron Morrison projects to go in the mid second round, but you shouldn't be surprised if his name comes up just a little earlier than that.
May 10 2016 10:22PM
Linden Vey's on-ice struggles have been well documented over the course of his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks. Unbeknownst to many, however, was that those struggles paled in comparison to those that the Vey family have been dealing with for almost three years.
Since August 2013, The Vey family has been embroiled in a murder conspiracy involving Linden's father, Curtis Vey. He and co-accused Angela Nicholson have been charged with conspiracy to murder their spouses.
May 10 2016 01:00PM
I'm sort of in draft mode right now, so the only players I took on for the Year in Review series are the Sedin twins, who I am a big fan of. The twins had an interesting year, in which they were diametrically opposed in a lot of ways. They're production and underlying numbers weren't that far apart, but it sure seemed like their level of play was at times. Daniel was healthy for the majority of the season, while Henrik... not so much.
While there was lots to celebrate when it came to Daniel, most of Henrik's season was dark and brooding. He was either getting crunched into the boards, or stiffening up, or breaking down, or getting angry. Very angsty.
That said, he did manage to have a couple of neat moments, though they were usually ruined by something else. Read on to find out how! It's Henrik Sedin's Year in Review.
May 10 2016 11:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks, hamstrung financially and short of options, came to Matt Bartkowski in free agency hoping to unearth the defender that ate big minutes in the Boston Bruins top four en route to a Stanley Cup appearance.
That is to say that Canucks general manager Jim Benning bet on the mostly positive knowledge he had of Bartkowski's game as a member of the Bruins himself against a rough 2014-15 season to the contrary. Though Bartkowski never found his footing in Vancouver, there were brief enough glimpses of what might have driven his favourable outputs in seasons prior. Chief among them, his ability to carry the puck.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, that's the good - and all of the good, too. The thin veneer his nifty footwork afforded him cracked endlessly as the end-to-end rushes turned to goals against and a skyward glare thereafter. Coyote ugly as this was to the naked eye, it's not like the underlying data did him any favours, either.
Then again, Beth Bartkowski's TV appearances might have made all the turnovers worth it...
May 10 2016 08:00AM
Coming in at 43rd in our consensus rankings is Sault St Marie winger Boris Katchouk, who is a player that won't wow you on the ice but will do the little things to generate offence.
He may not be a flashy player but for a second round pick, he is someone that teams will be attracted to.