January 17 2017 03:00PM
Where does the time go? Less than a week ago we kicked off our annual Midterm Prospect Rankings, and today we're just on the verge of breaking into the top ten. But first, I'll be taking a look at two intriguing players that just missed the cut.
Before we get into it, let's quickly review the criteria:
- The player must be 25 years or younger, and
- The player must be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season.
As a result, players that are considered to be "graduated" to the NHL (Brendan Gaunce, Nikita Tryamkin, Jake Virtanen, Anton Rodin) are not eligible.
January 17 2017 01:34PM
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On January 6th vs. Calgary, Ben Hutton blocked a shot with his left hand. Having been out of the line-up for the past four games, the extent of his injury was unknown. The Canucks announced today that Hutton will be out three-to-six weeks with a small fracture in his hand.
Hutton injury update: He has a small fracture in his hand and his timeline is three-to-six weeks. pic.twitter.com/h8m7kKgrCx— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 17, 2017
January 17 2017 01:00PM
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The Canucks haven't been a particularly good team for the better part of the past four years. For that reason, the team getting a point in nine of their last ten outings has offered a brief respite from what's otherwise been a rather dreary four and a half seasons. Unfortunately, it's also been ultimately damaging to the long-term health of the franchise, and not for the reasons you may think.
Fans and pundits have spent countless hours discussing the topic of tanking, the merits and drawbacks, and whether or not it compromises the integrity of the game, so much so that the NHL felt the need to change the draft lottery odds to dissuade teams from purposefully icing a sub-par lineup.
All that has really served to distract from the larger picture of what it means to be in a rebuild: it's not so much a race to the bottom as it is the ability to recognize when your team will be in its competitive window and planning accordingly. Obviously, a top five pick helps matters along, but it's more of a means than an end. The true goal remains to assemble a competitive team.
January 17 2017 11:42AM
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Earlier this morning, it was announced by the Canucks that forward Anton Rodin would be out for an undetermined time to rest his knee:
Injury update on Anton Rodin: pic.twitter.com/mgHb5Vpfwo— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 17, 2017
January 17 2017 11:00AM
It's been a little less than a month since our last Consolidated Rankings were published, but six of the eight list makers have put out new rankings, and there has been plenty of movement already. The World Junior Championships also took place in that time frame, and as that's one of the most important events of the season for draft eligible prospects, it factors heavily in the perception of many of the players.
Let's take a look at the potential first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, as it looks in mid-January.