June 06 2015 01:08PM
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The Utica Comets have had great success this post-season, having dominated their way to the Calder Cup finals for the third time in Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate history and the first time for the Comets franchise. Fans across upstate New York (minus Syracuse) are excited, and even in Vancouver people are realizing the Canucks have an AHL team!
With the third round over, the Comets have been having success in each round. Their special teams have not been performing as well as one would hope, but thanks to excellent play from retooled goaltender Jacob Markstrom, and offence from players like Alex Grenier, Sven Baerschi and Cal O’Reilly, the Comets continue to have success.
In the final series, the Comets are going to face the LA Kings' affiliate who play in Boston Bruins country: the Manchester Monarchs. This is probably the only team the Comets did not want to play against. It’s going to be a difficult series, but let’s see how these two teams match up.
June 03 2015 01:00PM
Except for the Utica Comets, the Vancouver Canucks prospects have all finished playing for the year and are busy training to hopefully earn a roster spot at their next level in the Fall. With that, these regular prospect reports will be finished until October. Until then, pleas enjoy the last prospect report covering all the details on prospects we have:
May 29 2015 03:00PM
The Utica Comets are on their way towards the Calder Cup finals as they are already playing the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Western Conference final. Things are looking up for the Comets as they were able to take a 2-1 series lead on the strength of a Sven Baertschi natural hat trick in game 3.
To get to the final the Comets had to spend nearly two weeks, and go the distance of a full seven game series with the Oklahoma City Barons. In our preview we noted that the Comets were a stronger possession team, had a better depth of talent and the stronger goaltender. Oklahoma City was stronger in term of special teams.
This turned out to be true as these areas played a key role in taking the series the full seven games. Read past the jump to see what went down.
May 26 2015 11:00AM
Prospects and amateur scouting are a new frontier within hockey analytics. Numbers can highlight some large market inefficiencies exploitable by teams if and when they start to advance their knowledge in this niche. The numbers on prospects, especially when combined with knowledge of scouts, can tell you a lot more than the some of the largest mainstream scouting outlets.
In Money Puck's recent series of posts, he has touched on a proposed "re-tooling on the fly" method to help the Canucks sell off veterans for picks, pick up free agents to replace them, and then use those picks on prospects who could in turn help the Canucks in the future.
You might have noticed him talking about PCS, or "Prospect Cohort Success." In this post, we will look more into what this technique is for analyzing prospects.
May 23 2015 02:46PM
After another series going the distance, the Comets managed a game-7 win to advance to the third round of the Calder Cup playoffs. The Comets first ever game-7 saw Jacob Markstrom out-duel the Oklahoma City Barons goaltender Richard Bachman, while Alexandre Grenier, the Canucks next power-forward, emerged from the game a hero.
Moving on to the Calder Cup Conference final, Utica's opponents are only looking to become tougher and tougher. In this round, the Comets will be facing the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings). To see how the two teams stack up, continue past the jump.