December 22 2016 09:00AM
With Anton Rodin expected to make his NHL debut shortly after the Christmas break, there's hope the Canucks will reap rewards from a player that appeared to be out of the fold. Rodin struggled in North America during his first tour of action, but went to the SHL, tore it up and looks to be coming back with something to prove.
Another player that the Canucks drafted, who returned to the SHL, is defenceman Henrik Tommernes. His contract was terminated in early 2015 under mutual agreement. He returned to the SHL, and has done extremely well, to the point where Grant McCagg took notice:
December 20 2016 01:00PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin - USA TODAY Sports
Anton Rodin made his return to game action this past week, after nursing a nagging knee injury reaggravated in the pre-season. After suffering a cut tendon in January in the SHL, Rodin appeared in the pre-season for the Canucks and looked poised to provide some secondary offence for a team in need of it.
Unfortunately, his injury forced him from the Canucks lineup to regain strength in that same knee. It will be fascinating to see how he can adapt the NHL in the middle of a long overdue rookie season.
December 14 2016 02:00PM
On a cold snowy Saturday evening, the Spokane Chiefs paid a visit to the LEC to play the Vancouver Giants.
It was a testy affair, in part because the last time these two teams played, the Chiefs put up ten goals.
Spokane boasts quite a few players worth keeping tabs on, including projected first-round talent Kailer Yamamoto.
Continuing the series 'Scouting the Dub', I am taking a look at some of the 2017 NHL draft eligible players who may hear them names called in June.
December 14 2016 11:16AM
When it rains, it pours for the Canucks.
After a disappointing loss last night, it was revealed by the University of North Dakota that Canucks prospect Brock Boeser would miss the World Juniors due to surgery on his right wrist.
Boeser to undergo surgery, expected back in January https://t.co/8m3dcvVQtz— North Dakota MHockey (@UNDmhockey) December 14, 2016
December 13 2016 11:00AM
Michael Carcone fend off an Edmonton Oilers defender in the pre-season.
Photo Credit: Peter Llewellyn - USA TODAY Sports
We're a few years into Jim Benning's run at the top of the Canucks, and we're starting to see trends develop as a result. For the purpose of this exercise, I'm going to focus on an area of strength and look at developments made at the draft.
Vancouver's made a point of selecting players from the USHL, and the results so far indicate they're on their way to paydirt. The OHL doesn't lag far behind in the Canucks' collective scope, as they've mined that league on many occasions over the last three seasons. Lastly, they're prospecting the QMJHL it seems.
Investing in the QMJHL isn't a surefire bet. Just looking at Canucks' development camps, and it's a who's who of players from the Q who've been passed over, sometimes in multiple drafts. That speaks to the uncertainty.
The Canucks haven't always gone that route, though. If their record in 2016 is any indication, it might be a developing trend for the Canucks heading into their fourth draft with Benning at the helm.
This is a topic worth exploring, so let's dive into it.