June 30 2015 01:02PM
With the 10th overall pick in the 2015 CHL Import Draft the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League selected Dmitry Zhukenov - the Vancouver Canucks 4th round pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The Saqueneens Twitter account confidently suggested that Zhukenov would come to North America on Tuesday, which makes sense since it's rare for teams to use high import draft picks on players they have not yet spoken with and have expressed interest in making the jump across the pond.
June 26 2015 10:00AM
"Goalies are Voodoo."
This is a mantra repeated at one point or another by nearly anyone within the hockey analytics community. While a definite stretch of the truth, there’s some truth to it since goalies are extremely hard to predict. They are subject to small sample sizes including a full season of play, and nearly every goalie has their own unique development path.
Because of the difficulty in predicting goalies from such a young age it is oft-suggested to not use your draft picks on a goalie. You can often select a cheap, average goalie from free agency, European leagues or the NCAA. Because of the difficulty and the better options elsewhere I am oft in this camp.
The downside of not drafting a goaltender is that you are not likely to find an elite goaltender such as the Roberto Luongos, Carey Prices, or Henrik Lundqivst's of the world. Should your team try and draft a goalie, despite the area being harder to predict, there are still some analytical rules you should follow.
Let's take a look at a few of 2015's most interesting goalie prospects after the jump.
June 25 2015 11:00AM
As we approach the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, nearly everyone and their dog has taken part in some form of a mock draft. Mock drafts are an interesting beast as they require taking into consideration many factors including ranking prospects by talent, where teams might finish (if pre-Stanley Cup Final), and what teams are looking for in prospects.
I've found a number of different mock drafts to who is likely to fall into the Canucks' hands.
"With the mock 23rd overall selection, the Vancouver Canucks proudly select..."
June 25 2015 09:00AM
As we are in the most exciting week for prospect aficionados Canucks Army has converted into a puppy mill of draft content, spewing out hundreds of profiles on players combining both traditional scouting qualitative analysis with our own unique statistics. We are so busy as we are so excited for Friday that we haven't quite been able to keep up with regular Canucks news that will affect Vancouver and Utica's rosters next season.
With that being said we have a number of quick hits to keep you up to date, with some of our thoughts on the decisions.
June 24 2015 02:33PM
As we head into our top-10 prospects in this profile series we are moving back to Finland to take a look at Mikko Rantanen – possibly the number 1 player to be drafted out of Europe this season.
It’s no surprise that Rantanen is very highly spoken of, it’s more a surprise that he’s only considered a top-10 pick.
Continue past the jump for our player breakdown.