August 13 2015 12:08PM
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In November of 2014, newly minted General Manager Jim Benning made one of signature variety of trades by sending disappointing former second-round draft pick Alex Mallet to the New York Islanders, with a third round pick, in exchange for defensive prospect Andrey Pedan.
Nearly a year later, Mallet is no longer with with the Islanders system, having signed with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. And the Canucks recouped the third-round pick they sent to New York in the Brandon Sutter deal. So clearly the Canucks have won this high stakes and very high profile trade!
Continue past the jump as we look - somewhat more seriously - into the 17th best prospect in the Canucks system in our estimation: Andrey Pedan!
July 24 2015 09:37AM
Nearly every hockey fan has the basic understanding that the NHL is the best hockey league in the world and that to become an regular player in the league you need to be the best of the best. Combining this with the piling of recent evidence suggesting that the peak age of players is around the mid-20s, it starts to become apparent that fans in every fan base tend to be over-confident in the success of their AHL (and other) prospects.
It is important when studying prospects, and when wanting to increase the general understanding of the league, to establish a baseline of success for those in development leagues.
Continue past the jump as we look into AHL success.
July 23 2015 11:00AM
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Nearly a month ago we previewed what to expect during the AHL Calder Cup final between the Utica Comets and the Manchester Monarchs. This was the 3rd time in Canucks franchise history that their AHL farm team went to the AHL finals and much like the parent club, it has yet to win.
Before the finals, the Comets had been a good possession team, backed by good goaltending with below average offence. In our preview, we noted that the Manchester Monarchs were the one team the Comets wished to avoid given that they have been more dominant in nearly all measurable facets of the game.
Since that preview and the series, CanucksArmy has been over-taken by events surrounding the draft, trades, and free agency. It’s too bad that the AHL final was inexplicably cancelled at the last minute for no reason, so here’s our deep dive of what likely would have happened.
July 17 2015 12:24PM
If you are paying attention to the news around the hockey world this summer, you know that 2015 NHL draft picks (primarily first rounders) are being signed in droves over the past few weeks. One player that hasn't signed is
Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser, a forward drafted in the first-round out of the USHL who is committed to the University of North Dakota.
athletes take a slightly-different development path in sports, since the NCAA has
strict rules on who is and is not an amateur athlete while leagues do their best
to continue to allow their prospects maintain the eligible status.
With that it leaves us to wonder when will the Canucks will sign Brock Boeser to an entry-level contract?
July 16 2015 12:39PM
In hockey there are
many forms of waivers - unconditional waivers, fans who participate in the wave at games and so on - but the key waivers are used when a team sends a more veteran player
down to the minor leagues. These waivers prevent teams from hoarding talent and gives more veteran players that aren't being used by their current team an opportunity to carve out an everyday job elsewhere in the league.
Normally prospects, for their first few years, are exempted from waivers, but as the player becomes older, usually right before they are ready for full time NHL jobs, they are required to pass through waivers should they be deemed unable to hold a position in the NHL (yet).
There are a few Canucks prospects who have been discussed in terms of their ability to earn an NHL job this year. Let’s dive deeper into their status to figure out their waiver-status.