If You’re Surprised by Ben Hutton, Then you Haven't Been Paying Attention

Josh W
October 17 2015 10:00AM

There have some great surprises to start off the year, but none more so than the three young prospects who have played well enough to stick with the big boys, at least for now. Many people had Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann on their radars, but few people seem to have known about Ben Hutton, let alone knew how good he was.

Ben Hutton was drafted in the 2012 draft class, Mike Gillis' penultimate draft. Previously, this draft class was considered another one of Gillis' weaker performances, but thanks to recent developments, that sentiment has started to turn around. Ben Hutton was one of the college prospects that Gillis picked in the later rounds, and he did so knowing that college would afford him more time to develop.  Over the past two seasons, Hutton he has performed exceptionally in the NCAA, something I’ve been championing in my prospect reports for quite some time. 

Now, that doesn't fit in with the "coming out party" narrative, but that doesn't mean that it's not the case, not to mention, an arguably better scenario than a sudden blossoming. Lets turn back the clock for a few minutes, shall we?

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Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - October 15th, 2015

Josh W
October 15 2015 02:49PM

Another week has gone by, and as such, prospects of the Vancouver Canucks have gotten a few more games in. Almost everybody has begun their season, with just one NCAA prospect left to make his meaningful game debut, and the few prospects the team has in the ECHL. 

Without keeping you too long, let's dig into the past week!

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Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - October 8th, 2015

Josh W
October 08 2015 03:00PM

Welcome back to another week of Canucks prospects updates!  The major junior leagues have shaken off the early-season cobwebs and hit full stride, while the NCAA schools (except for Yale) has started playing exhibition games. In a scrubbing of SFU, North Dakota easily emerged as victors and boy did first round Brock Boeser look good.

But he's not the only one how are all of our Canucks performing?

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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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