Six Player to Watch in the 2016 CHL Top Prospects Game

Rhys Jessop
March 14 2015 09:00AM

Yesterday afternoon, the CHL announced that the 2016 CHL top prospects game had been awarded to Vancouver, meaning that all the best and brightest first-time draft eligible stars will gather at the Pacific Coliseum on January 28th for the CHL's draft eligible version of an all-star game.

This will be the first time that Vancouver has hosted the event since then Vancouver Giants superstar Gilbert Brule scored a hat-trick and added an assist on his home ice to earn prospects game MVP honours. This time around, Vancouver Giants star-in-the-making Tyler Benson will take centre stage, but will face some stiff competition from his fellow 2016 draft eligible peers.

So just who should we be looking out for? Which current 16-year olds stand the best chance at starring in the NHL in the not-too-distant future? We'll take a look at six budding stars after the jump.

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Canucks Sign WHL D Ashton Sautner

Rhys Jessop
March 13 2015 09:27PM

The Vancouver Canucks have bolstered their prospect system, signing over-age Edmonton Oil Kings captain Ashton Sautner to an entry level contract. Sautner is in the middle of a career season with the Oil Kings and was a big part of their Memorial Cup run last season.

Click past the jump for more info.

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Canucks Army GDT #67 - Canucks vs. Kings

Rhys Jessop
March 12 2015 02:11PM


Vancouver continues their homestand on Thursday night, playing host to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are currently sitting on the outside looking in to the playoffs and are getting desperate for wins, but given their strong underlying numbers and history of success when the going gets tough, they still represent Vancouver's most likely opponent in round one of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Read past the jump for a look at tonight's potential playoff preview.

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The Benning Watch: Canucks GM Scouting Jansen Harkins

Rhys Jessop
March 12 2015 09:00AM

With the trade deadline come and gone, the next real chance for Canucks general manager Jim Benning will have to significantly alter his roster and shape the future of the Vancouver Canucks is at the NHL draft in late June. A self-professed scout at heart, Benning has been making his way around the various arenas of the WHL in recent weeks, having a look at this year's crop of draft-eligible talent. 

Since "Jim Benning takes in a WHL game" has become something of a re-occurring storyline of late, we've decided to make a series out of it. Every time Benning is sighted at a junior hockey game, we'll let you know who he was likely there to watch. Up first: North Vancouver's own and current Prince George Cougars centreman and leading scorer Jansen Harkins.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 9: Tangents on Tangents

Rhys Jessop
March 10 2015 11:00AM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

Back on the usual Monday/Tuesday schedule, Garret and Rhys try to talk about how injuries have affected the Canucks and Jets and their upcoming schedules and playoff chances, but get sidetracked and discuss why plus/minus is terrible instead, among other fun things. There's also some good old prospectin' too, so join us on the other side of the jump!

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