May 04 2016 04:02PM
Hello everyone and welcome to annual prospect countdown for the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft. We combined the rankings of multiple authors between Canucks Army and Jets Nation to create our very own consensus list.
Included with our profiles is the new statistical modelling system, the Player Graduation Probabilities System (pGPS), which helps one see how often statistically similar players graduate into the NHL. Outside of pGPS' creators, the voters in these rankings had no prior knowledge of each prospects pGPS.
Without further distraction, we start our ranking by profiling our consensus 60th, 49th, 58th, and 57th ranked prospects for this season.
May 04 2016 02:55PM
The ability to predict the success of hockey prospects at young ages has long been a goal in the business of hockey. Now more than ever, the success of young players is directly related to the success of an NHL team. For the most part, rosters are built through the draft, rather than trades and free agency. Knowing who will is likely to be successful and who is likely to fail can be the difference between winning and losing in the future - and that can subsequently be the difference between employment and unemployment for the person who is choosing the players.
It wasn't that long ago (although it seems like ages) that Canucks Army had access to such a tool. PCS, the Prospect Cohort Success project developed by Money Puck and Josh Weissbock, used historical data to project players in the here and now. Unfortunately, we lost access to the system when those two were hired by the Florida Panthers.
As you may have noticed, we've been using comparable percentages to assess prospects again over the past couple of months, beginning with this article here. It's been a bit of a mystery until now, but it's time to pull back the curtain. Draft and prospect analytics are returning to Canucks Army and the Nation Network. This is not a rebirth of PCS, but instead an alternative, using similar underlying principles.
This is pGPS: the prospect Graduation Probabilities System.
May 04 2016 02:44PM
It has been reported by Mikaël Lalancette from TVA sports in Quebec, that Canucks prospect Guillaume Brisebois has requested a trade from the Acadie Bathurst Titans.
May 04 2016 11:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks and their fan base let out a collective sigh of relief just a few short weeks ago when Thatcher Demko was signed to an entry-level contract, closing the door to a loophole in the CBA that would afford the college standout a chance at unrestricted free agency. That move provides a significant boost to the long-term health of the Canucks crease, if for no other reason than Demko is the sole remaining goalie in the Canucks organization that qualifies as a prospect.
Then again, based on Demko's success at the college level, this isn't the worst problem to have. The San Diego, California native is well on his way to developing into an NHL goalie and in all likelihood a very good one at that. It's been proven time and time again though that one should never place all their eggs in one basket. There always needs to be a push from within the organization and succession plan in the background, mapped out in pencil.
May 04 2016 11:00AM
The Canucks may not have landed the first overall pick, but at least they... secured the fifth overall selection. Nowhere near as earth shattering as the first and the generational talent it would have afforded them, but I wouldn't rule out the Canucks landing a fine and good piece for the foreseeable future a fifth, either.
It's not like they won't have options, either. If Pierre-Luc Dubois is available, there's that foundational piece this franchise so desperately needs. Matthew Tkachuk, though marked with quantitative red flags as he is, comes with his own high-end offensive ceiling and the potential to develop into a strong first-line winger. Less heralded, but every bit as tantalising is Alexander Nylander (brother of William, son of Michael) of the Mississauga Steelheads. This says nothing of the best defenders in the draft, like Olli Juolevi, Mikhail Sergachyov and Jakob Chychrun - to name a few.
All this is to say that the Canucks have plenty of options here in the five hole. Which of the bunch is the most appealing to you, though, and why?