November 15 2016 03:00PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
The start of the Comets season has not gone as planned, with far more losses than wins in the standings. The injuries at both the NHL and AHL levels have left the Comets with a pretty hollow lineup offensively, which is one of the many factors that made Jake Virtanen's stint in Utica so interesting - there was finally something exciting happening.
Virtanen's time is done there (for now), and though he vastly improved from Friday's game to Saturday's, it was Curtis Valk driving the offence, and Thatcher Demko stealing the show with his first professional win. Let's take a closer look at one of the more exciting weekends the Comets have had this season.
November 15 2016 12:25PM
Since I know most people are going to be
curious about how young Jake Virtanen did in his brief stint in Utica, I thought I'd give him his very own section in the weekly Comets update. Then it just kept expanding and expanding and instead of a section, he gets his very own article.
Here I've compiled my observations from Friday and Saturday's games in Utica, where Virtanen showed signed of progress before being yanked back up to sit in an NHL press box. Please enjoy.
November 14 2016 01:00PM
Photo credit: Sarah Hobday
I missed the Comets weekly report last week (my apologies), but even though the Comets have played an extra pair of games, I couldn't deprive the loyal local fans of the farm team a review of the lost week. I'll give a bit of a stripped down rundown of the three games that took place between October 31st and November 6th, and a newer edition of the weekly update (on last weekend's games) will appear in the next couple of days.
This was a bad week for the Comets, there's not really any way around that - three losses and just a single points to show for them. A least we can take solace in the fact that the following week went marginally better. But we'll get to that.
November 10 2016 11:00AM
I started this series last season to shine some light on Canucks prospects that are impressing in each individual month of the season. I like to vary things up and acknowledge different prospects month to month, but at the start of the season, you're likely to get a list of some of the best all around prospects.
At least one, if not two, of the prospects on October's list fall into that category, but one of them is more of a surprise - one of the more pleasant surprises of the young season in fact.
Let's countdown the three stars of October.
November 10 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks have started their 2016-17 season terribly, and critics of this team's architects haven't been shy about voicing their displeasure.
The Canucks 5-3 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday busted a nine-game losing streak and had the added effect of calming their discontent fans. They're hardly out of the woods yet though.
Perhaps one of the more amazing things about this losing streak is that, before it began, the Canucks were the at the very top of the NHL standings -- 1st overall with a 4-0-0 record. 19 days and nine losses later, they sit 29th, and a loss against the Rangers could have put them in 30th, if not for a series of busted goal droughts.
Though they've managed to avoid 30th in the overall standings, they haven't been so lucky in other areas. Here are five categories in which the Canucks rank dead last.