Alex Grenier Re-Signs & Other Prospect Tidbits

Josh W
July 11 2015 10:00AM


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A number of recent minor moves have been made on the prospect side of the Canucks franchise. While nothing major has happened it is worth noting these transactions as the Utica Comets prepare for their next season.  The biggest news of the day was the re-signing of Alexandre Grenier, one of the most improved players down in Utica, who looks like he might make the Vancouver Canucks this upcoming season.

Continue past the jump to learn some of smaller moves that have occurred.

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Canucks re-sign Corrado, Clendening to 1-year deals

Josh W
July 09 2015 10:21PM

Some prospect news has emerged from the woodwork this evening with the re-signing of Frank Corrado and Adam Clendening.  Both were restricted players who were expected to be re-signed, and it was only a matter of days until it happened.  

Corrado and Clendening are both receiving a modest raise, but were limited to signing 1-year deals and both players still face a log jam in front of them at the NHL level.

Let's take a bit deeper into these guys shall we?

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Comets Militia Report: 2015 Offseason Roster Carousel

Josh W
July 04 2015 10:00AM


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While we have been busy covering all the latest additions to the Vancouver Canucks, we have been giving less coverage to some of the depth players signings with other teams.  We cannot forget the baby Canucks down in Utica as that franchise's role with Vancouver has continued to be stronger every year.

Without further ado, here are some of the roster changes down in Utica we've seen in the past two days.

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Canucks Prospect Dmitry Zhukenov selected 10th in the CHL Import Draft

Josh W
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.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: A Statistical Look at Draft Eligible Goalies

Josh W
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.

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