Canucks sign Jack Skille to PTO

Ryan Biech
September 19 2016 12:59PM

With training camp a few days away, the Vancouver Canucks added to their roster, signing Jack Skille to a professional tryout. The Madison, Wisconsin native played last season for the Colorado Avalanche, where he posted 14 points in 74 contests.

Skille has also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Skille is a natural right winger who is listed at 6'1" and 216 lbs.

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Using pGPS: 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Ryan Biech
September 19 2016 12:43PM

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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.

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Mobile again, Cole Cassels turns the page on injury-plagued rookie season

Thomas Drance
September 18 2016 07:22PM

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You have to feel for a player in Cole Cassels' shoes.

Cassels, 21, was highly rated out of junior following some genuine heroics on the Oshawa Generals' run to the Memorial Cup. Throughout that run Cassels played through a "tricky" abdominal injury and when it was over, he lost a full summer of training prior to turning pro. 

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Grounded Jets: Canucks Young Stars Edge Out 3-2 Victory

J.D. Burke
September 18 2016 06:21PM

In the Canucks' second leg of the Young Stars Tournament they hosted the high-flying Winnipeg Jets for an afternoon showdown at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

It was a clash of ideologies, as the Canucks emptied their defensive cupboard with a seven-man blue line to match with the Jets array of top-flight forwards. With Brock Boeser and Adam Gaudette ineligible to play and Dmitry Zhukenov nursing an injury, that was bound to be the case for Vancouver; similarly, the Jets don't have their best defensive prospect Josh Morrissey to call on and help an otherwise paper-thin defence corps.

On the backs of their many (and I mean many) tournament invitees, the Canucks forecheck was active early and reaped instant rewards, with Danny Moynihan of the Shawinigan Cataractes put home the rebound on a Troy Stetcher shot. Cole Cassels (a player I focused on intensely for Friday's recap) put in a similar goal in the dying seconds of the second period, scoring at 19:59 mark. Back on their heels, the Jets clawed their way back even with a fast and furious push in the third period. Though Winnipeg tied the game, a Tyler Coulter (another invitee) shot from in close was good to put the Canucks back on top, with what proved to be the game-winning goal.

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Canucks' Markstrom to start for Tre Kronor vs. Russia

Thomas Drance
September 18 2016 12:48PM

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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom will face a stiff test in his first taste of competitive game action this season.

The 26-year-old netminder, who finally proved himself at the NHL level last season, was expected to be the backup for the Tre Kronor, but with Henrik Lundqvist battling an illness, Markstrom will start for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey in their opening game against Russia on Sunday. 

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