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?
February 22 2017 03:00PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
The Comets technically played three games last week, but they also played on Monday for the first time in a couple of years, so I've just including that one in this review. In those four games, Utica won twice and lost twice, which seems to indicate that the massive periods of streakiness are finally over.
That's a little unfortunate, because they could really use a big fat win streak right now. Read along to see a detailed breakdown of the Comets' week that was.
February 22 2017 01:35PM
Trade deadline is fast approaching, now just one week away, and the Canucks are smack in the middle of a bye week. What do you get when those factors are combined? There's nothing to talk about but trade possibilities!
While the previous deadlines under Benning have given fans good reason to be skeptical of whether they'll actually sell assets this time around, that possibility appears to have taken one more step towards reality with word getting out that Jannik Hansen has given a list of teams for which he would waive his modified NTC.
February 21 2017 03:00PM
Better late than never right? I usually try to have these ready to go for Monday, but nobody even told me that yesterday was Monday. As a result, you may not have been prepared yesterday when the Comets faced off at 10 in the morning, and Olli Juolevi and Cole Candella took to the ice last night. Please accept my apologies.
Anyways, here's the complete Canucks schedule for the rest of the week.
February 21 2017 02:00PM
Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay, USA Today Sports
Craig Button of TSN released today his list of the top 50 NHL affiliated players currently outside of the NHL, and the Canucks were well represented. All together, they had four players listed in the top 50 (all four are in fact listed in the top 40), which is up from just two last year. Button also provided top five lists for each Canadian team.
Read on to see who made the cut and how highly they were placed.