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
Alex Mallet - Courtesy of UticaComets.com
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!
October 09 2014 11:30AM
Welcome to this year's version of the Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report. Much like last year, the intent is for a weekly post covering all of the latest in Canucks prospect news. This year we are going to slightly change the format and try and do two weekly posts: one covering the Comets and all news related to them; and a second post on non-Comets prospects. This would be the first post in the non-Comets' prospects news.
With all the recent changes in staff here at Canucks Army, I was able to make the top blogger line up out of camp as I enter the second year on my EBC (Entry-Blogger Contract). While I did not disappear in the summer, there was simply little prospect news to report since no one was playing. Pivoted by Thats_Offside I fully intend to give 110% on every post, to keep my text short and take each week post by post.
Without much further adieu, read past the jump for the latest in prospects news:
October 07 2014 06:30PM
Ex-Comet Mathieu Corbeil still in his Utica Mask - Courtesy of @AHLFlames
Here at Canucks Army, we have a few activities we consistently enjoy: writing analysis on the Canucks, looking at fancystats, and occasionally even watching a real hockey game. Sometimes we even leave our mother’s basement to attend a real hockey game in person.
This past weekend, the Utica Comets played two pre-season games both against the Adirondack Flames (AHL Affiliate of the Calgary Flames). The game on Friday night was in a smaller community arena in Rome, NY rather than their home in Utica, so after work I jumped in my car and headed to upstate New York where I had press access to this game to watch the Comets as they try and figure out their roster.
Read past the jump because I watched this game.