October 19 2014 02:00PM
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On Sunday, October 12th, I was in Toronto and was able to be granted Media Access to the Toronto Marlies game where I was able to scout the Comets play their second regular season game (Quick shout out to the Marlies for being very east to work with!). I was joined by a number of other people from Hockey Twitter including Jeff Veillette from the Leafs Nation, Timo Seppa and Ryan Wagman of Hockey Prospectus, and Gus Katsaros from McKeen’s hockey.
I was able to get a bit of scouting coaching from Gus Katsaros who taught me a few things to look out for.
I also learned a few of his opinions on Canuck’s prospects which include:
- Frank Corrado: a very intelligent player who is always working on things in the warm up, primarily his skating technique, stop/starts, quick cuts and directional changes, shows he knows to use his limited ice time to work on deficiencies.
- Hunter Shinkaruk: Seemed very keen on this player, has skills that translate well to the NHL, with solid footwork and pace.
- Nicklas Jensen: has lots of good attributes, particularly skating and solid footwork, but needs to work on his stick handling and some puck skills where his hands catch up with his feet
- Brendan Gaunce: likely to be a utility player in the NHL.
Here’s what I took away from this game:
October 17 2014 09:30AM
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This past weekend, the American Hockey League finally started up its regular season with the Utica Comets playing their first two games. It’s looking to be a very exciting team this year with plenty of firepower, some good defence and two solid goaltenders in net. The depth is looking so good that the Comets had to send a few popular Canucks prospects down to the ECHL to give them more playing time.
With that being said, read past the jump to see how this week has gone for the Comets.
October 16 2014 09:30AM
We are back with this week’s Canucks Army prospect report, where we look at all the activities of Canucks prospects outside of the AHL and their teams. Most players have been busy this week in the OHL and WHL, while the NCAA is just starting up (except for the Ivy League schools). Europe has been well underway since September and the ECHL has begun its regular season.
past the jump for all the latest news and statistics of your Canucks’
October 15 2014 05:00PM
During the 2013-2014 season, the Vancouver Canucks’ goalie depth chart was pretty clear cut: Roberto Luongo was the starter, as all the previous drama was now behind him; Eddie Lack was the backup though soon would want to be a starter somewhere; and newly signed Joacim Eriksson was coming from Sweden to continue development in the AHL. In the Canucks and Comets systems there was also Joe Cannata and Matthieu Corbeil signed, but they were never going to be much more than ECHL starters (Corbeil was bounced around 4 teams, effectively cut from each) and AHL backups.
That all changed the day John Torterella decided to play Lack in the Heritage Classic, citing that the Senators had been scouting Luongo and he wanted to throw a curve-ball at the Senators. He’s never blatantly said it but, Luongo wanted to play it that game, and after years of abuse from the fans, the media and the team, this was the straw to break the camel’s back.
Luongo was shipped out, and in return came back young Jacob Markstrom as part of a package. Not feeling confident with two young goalies to start the 2014-2015 season the new Vancouver management signed veteran goaltender in Ryan Miller. This whole dynamic of 5 goaltenders in the system (with a sixth still developing in the NCAA) is now going to start a new goalie controversy with two goalies fighting for the number one position. I am not talking about one in Vancouver, but rather one in Utica.
Read past the jump for a breakdown of the Utica Comets goaltender situation.
October 10 2014 10:00AM
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Much like the weekly prospects report, the Comets Militia weekly report is back too! So far the Utica Comets have been busy with their pre-season games and training camp. A number of players have been invited to training camp, a few players have already been cut, and I even went and scouted a game.
Read past the jump for everything that hasn’t been covered with the Utica Comets so far!