What's On Tap? The Complete Canucks Schedule February 27th - March 5th

Jeremy Davis
February 27 2017 01:00PM

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It's a new week and that means you fine people need a new complete Canucks schedule. We're just two days away from the NHL trade deadline, and all hoping that come Thursday there could be some new prospects added to this list - or at the very least some new draft picks. Something. Anything.

Anyway, until there, check out what the Canucks' current crop of prospects are up to this week.

Update: This schedule now contains 100% more Jonathan Dahlen than before! Very Nice!

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Fun With the CBA! IR, LTIR, and Emergency Recalls

Jeremy Davis
February 25 2017 12:00PM

A sudden outbreak of the mumps in the Canucks' dressing room is wreaking havoc on their roster situation, with a couple of recalls already made and likely more to come. The salary cap is a tricky thing for NHL teams to deal with at the best of times, but a sudden influx and efflux of players, along with an illness that could keep a force an ever fluctuating number of players out of the lineup.

This is a great time to understand how the Injured Reserve, Long Term Injured Reserve, and Emergency Recalls work, so that's what we'll be going over today.

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Canucks Recall Evan McEneny and Alex Grenier From Utica After Mumps Outbreak

Jeremy Davis
February 24 2017 08:01PM

McEneny, Grenier, Valk

Photo Credit: Bryan W. Peck / Utica Comets

A month and a half ago, with just two points in his first 26 games with the Comets this season, I'd betting that Evan McEneny wasn't thinking too hard about his first NHL call up. Back then he was trying to stay in the Comets lineup. 17 games later, having amassed another 15 points, it might've crossed his mind.

But I'm still guessing he wasn't expecting it to happen like this.

Today, the Canucks announced that at least one and as many as five of their players are battling the mumps, which means the Canucks had to dip into their farm team for reinforcements. Evan McEneny is on his way to the NHL, as is Alex Grenier.

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Do The Canucks Have Something in Evan McEneny?

Jeremy Davis
February 24 2017 03:34PM

Evan McEneny

Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets

NOTE: This was written before Jim Benning revealed today that Evan McEneny would be called up to the Vancouver Canucks in response to several players being diagnosed or tested for the mumps. I was going to advocate for McEneny being a late season call up, but now that that's already happened, you can consider this a primer on him instead.

Once a forgotten member of the Canucks prospect pool, Evan McEneny is suddenly putting up numbers in his first full season with the Utica Comets. Struggling to remain in the lineup just a few months ago, McEneny is now an all-situations player for Comets coach Travis Green, and is seemingly resistant to the rotating healthy scratches.

Is this simply a blip of the radar, or do the Canucks still have something in McEneny?

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Would Boeser and Gaudette be Better Served by Going to the Comets This Year?

Jeremy Davis
February 23 2017 01:06PM

Just under a year ago, with the regular season winding down, Michigan Wolverines defenceman Zach Werenski had a choice to make. It was clear that he wouldn't be returning to college hockey the following season, and it was just as clear that he would instead be playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The choice was this: should he jump to the NHL for a game or two at the end of the year and burn an year off his entry level contract, or should he go to the American League instead, for a fraction of the money, to a team that was at least going to make the playoffs?

Werenski chose the latter option, and ended up being a dynamic force on a Lake Erie Monsters team that ended up winning the Calder Cup championship.

A similar decision looms for two Canucks prospects that could turn pro at the end of the season. While the Comets aren't nearly as strong as the Monsters were last year, they’ve at least got a better chance of making the playoffs in their respective league than their parent club does - which could mean more games for the duo.

So what are the pros and cons of each option, and which are they better suited to choosing?

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