Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - October 1st, 2015

Josh W
October 01 2015 01:00PM

Canucks Army's weekly Prospect Report is back! For the third consecutive year, we'll be providing you with the best quad-monthly prospect report on the Internet. Maybe. For those who are newer to the site, these profiles serve to take a look at the organization's non-AHL prospects. Check back every Thursday for the latest news and updates on your future Canucks!

While the big club hasn't started playing games that matter yet, hockey has been under way for nearly a month in much of the world. Many of the team's prospects have recently headed back to the CHL and started their season while the ones playing in European men's leagues have had plenty of ice already.

The only prospects waiting to get their seasons underway are those who opted to take the NCAA route, and those who will be playing in Utica or Kalamazoo. With all of that said, how are the ones who have started playing doing? Let's take a look.

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What Zone Data in Penticton tells us about Vancouver's Prospects

Josh W
September 23 2015 01:00PM

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Cole Cassels with a successful pass in entry to Hunter Shinkaruk

A little over a week ago, the Canucks Young Stars tournament in Penticton wrapped up. It was a fun one, in the sense that we got our first chance to see many of the Canucks prospects in what we hope will become their eventual uniforms for the first time. 

Now that it's over, however, I took the opportunity to go back and re-analyze the games. With this, I've compiled some zone entry data to share with you all. The sample is small; just three games, but it's better than nothing. We gave a glimpse into some of the data in a post last week, but now that all the game data has been amalgamated, we can get a better picture of how these prospects performed over the weekend.

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Benning's moves don't match his declared direction, and that's okay

Josh W
September 18 2015 12:19PM

Not everybody agrees with the general mindset of Canucks Army. I think that goes without saying. For example, look at Jake Virtanen; those who disagree with us are quick to point out that we dislike him. This isn't actually true - we like him, believe he'll be a good player, and hope that he'll develop into what's expected of him.

Our issue with a Virtanen isn't the player himself, but what he represents: bad decision making and incomplete thought processes. When he was drafted, it appeared that the Canucks left safer bets with higher upside on the board due to secondary perception. As the great philosopher Batman once said, a symbol is incorruptible and everlasting.

We do our best on this site to be analytical in our thoughts, and we try to judge the processes rather than the result itself. So when Jim Benning states that he wants to "retool on the fly", we're going to take that at face value and assess his choices in that context. If he stated he was opting for a full-on, tank-centred rebuild, we'd probably be bigger fans of the process so far.

In fact, let's engage in a thought experiment. Let's pretend that the on-the-fly talk is just for PR, and assess what the team has done from the perspective of an attempt at a "bottoming out" rebuild. This involves trading players with value as soon as possible, being bad for a few years, drafting high, and then developing your own core. How do Benning's decisions look under that mindset?

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Canucks Young Stars Tournament Game 2 #fancystats

Josh W
September 14 2015 12:18AM

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Ain't no party like a CanucksArmy party (hey, ho... hey, ho). 

The Young Stars tournament is in full swing (actually it's almost over, tomorrow's doubleheader marks the end of the tournament) and as you may know the team at Canucks Army have been covering the weekend. We were live at the first game against the Edmonton McDavid's (with a final score, which I can't recall) and tonight's 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

With our live team of nerds statistics experts at the game, we hand tracked some stats. While one game does not give you much in the way of predictive power, it does provide you with an interesting snapshot into how the teams and individuals performed.

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Get to Know a Prospect: Penticton Invitees

Josh W
September 10 2015 12:52PM

Last week, the Canucks released their roster for the Penticton Young Stars tournament.  The Jerk covered the news quite extensively , but now that some time has passed, we can dissect who has and hasn't been invited to the tournament.

You'll immediately notice that Vancouver's NCAA prospects aren't on the roster. Of course, this is because their chosen route prevents them from participating in professional events, but it's still a shame to not see the likes of Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser and Mike Williamson in the lineup.

Nikita Tryamkin's absence can likely be explained by the KHL season already being underway.Curtis Valk was not invited, likely due to him being in the process of recovering from injury as he is still recovering from his injury that caused him to miss Prospect Camp. Dane Fox was invited, but Ludwig Blomstrand hasn't as he has fallen out of favour with Canucks management.  Mike Zalewski was invited despite not being re-signed to an NHL contract (but signed to an AHL SPC). Even the Comets' newly-siigned goalie Clay Witt was invited.

With all of that said, who are the new faces?

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