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.
May 21 2015 09:00AM
The Utica Comets wrapped up their second round series, after 8 and a bit games, in the Calder Cup playoffs against the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton's AHL team). It was a very exciting match up as the lead was traded back and forth and both goaltenders stood on their head. The Comets managed to emerge victors by a single goal thanks to Alexandre Grenier!
Read past the jump to find out what went down.