Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 11-12

Jackson McDonald
January 17 2017 03:00PM

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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.

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The Canucks' Recent Point Streak Is Potentially Damaging Long-Term

Jackson McDonald
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.

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 15-16

Jackson McDonald
January 16 2017 03:00PM

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Alright folks, we're back in the saddle once again for part three of our Midterm prospect rankings. Just to recap the parameters for consideration for the rankings are as follows:

  • 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. 

I'll be covering the 15th and 16th prospects on our consensus ranking after the jump.

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Canucks Army Postgame # 45: Zzzzz

Jackson McDonald
January 15 2017 09:38PM

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The only thing more certain in life than death and taxes is a boring matinee game between the Canucks and Devils. This was low-event hockey at it's finest, with each team registering just 22 shots apiece. So you just knew it had to go to overtime. 

Even Henrik Sedin didn't mince words about tonight's game. 

I think the more passionate among us forget at times that sports are supposed to be fun. They're primarily an entertainment property. Unfortunately, tonight's game did not meet the threshold of activity necessary to be described as entertaining. This team has done a lot of losing over the past 18 months. It's shame they can't at least do it in an engaging manner.

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 19-20

Jackson McDonald
January 11 2017 06:00PM

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We've turned the page on another calendar year, which can only mean one thing. You guessed it, it's mid-term prospect rankings again and we're counting down the Canucks 20 best. In this year's edition, the ten lowest ranked prospects will be grouped in pairs; the top ten still get individual profiles.

We created this list based on the consensus of participating contributors, with the only parameters being that the player is Canucks property (meaning players on AHL contracts don't count) and Calder Trophy eligibility next season. This means that players like Troy Stecher, Nikita Tryamkin, and Brendan Gaunce are considered to have graduated.  

So, without further ado, here are the 19th and 20th ranked prospects in our consensus rankings.

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