WWYDW: Young... Stars?

J.D. Burke
September 21 2016 03:00PM

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When you're into this stage of the off-season, you're talking mostly about tryouts and free agency when it comes to roster construction. Generally that means older players on the fringe of the NHL for professional tryouts or the players that slipped through the cracks in free agency.

With the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton having just come to a close, that's not the case at this exact moment, though. The Canucks invited players were, for the most part, draft eligible. Those that weren't could sign a professional contract at any time -- though, depending on the timing, etc. so too could the draft eligible players.

Now, based on what you've heard and what you've seen from the weekend's events, who among the invites do you think is worthy of a contract or an invite to the Canucks main training camp? I'm particular to Kyle Maksimovich. And you?

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How Tanev sought to improve his shot this summer by working with Stamkos shooting instructor

Jeff Paterson
September 21 2016 01:00PM

Just because he spent the summer working with Steven Stamkos’ shooting instructor doesn’t mean Chris Tanev will be launching rockets like the Tampa super sniper when the new National Hockey League season begins next month. Tanev does, however, believe that the time spent with Toronto area shooting instructor Mark Filippone is already producing a noticeable difference in the way he fires the puck.

In Vancouver to skate with his Canucks teammates ahead of training camp, Tanev feels he possesses a stronger shot and a better release than he did when he left town last spring. But he’s cautioning the headline writers to steer clear of any direct comparisons to Stamkos.

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using pGPS: 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Ryan Biech
September 21 2016 11:00AM

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A few weeks ago, I completed an exercise using pGPS to look at the UFA prospects then Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis signed during his tenure at the time of their signings.

Seeing the have and have nots in terms of NHL potential proved an interesting endeavour. Unsurprisingly, Chris Tanev checked out as one of the better-rated prospects of the group when viewed through the lens of pGPS (Prospect Graduation Probabilities System) at the time of his signing.

In the comment section, and on Twitter, there were requests to do all of Mike Gillis's draft classes. Well, ask and you shall receive. Today's post will kick off a week-long series reviewing the 2008-13 draft classes with pGPS.

Before we dive in, let's make it clear that this isn't a comparison between the previous regime and the current one. This is simply an exercise of looking back to see how those draft classes would've looked using the tools we have available to us now.

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Using pGPS: 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Ryan Biech
September 21 2016 09:00AM

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A few weeks ago, I completed an exercise using pGPS to look at the UFA prospects then Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis signed during his tenure at the time of their signings.

Seeing the have and have nots in terms of NHL potential proved an interesting endeavour. Unsurprisingly, Chris Tanev checked out as one of the better-rated prospects of the group when viewed through the lens of pGPS (Prospect Graduation Probabilities System) at the time of his signing.

In the comment section, and on Twitter, there were requests to do all of Mike Gillis's draft classes. Well, ask and you shall receive. Today's post will kick off a week-long series reviewing the 2008-13 draft classes with pGPS.

Before we dive in, let's make it clear that this isn't a comparison between the previous regime and the current one. This is simply an exercise of looking back to see how those draft classes would've looked using the tools we have available to us now.

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Canada becomes 2-0 and sends Americans packing in 4-2 victory.

Jacob Stoller
September 20 2016 09:39PM



Canada vs USA, in Toronto with a chance to go 2-0 against a long time rival, what an exciting game to be had, one may have thought. But while the fast paced hockey from both sides excited the building and the livings rooms of Canadian fans, one team came out on top by a considerable landslide and no close and exciting game was to be had.


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