May 22 2015 04:06PM
This week, Rhys and Garret ask if Mike Babcock is really worth his $6+ million annual salary, look at Canada's dominance on the world hockey stage, examine Tyler Johnson's unlikely ascension from marginal junior player to NHL playoff hero, and of course do some good ol' fashioned prospecting. Join us past the jump to listen!
May 19 2015 01:00PM
It seems like it's almost impossible to write a Zack Kassian article these days without including the words "mercurial," "enigmatic," or "maligned." Certainly the big-bodied forward has struggled to not only live up to the enormous expectations placed on him when he was drafted 13th overall in 2009 (though had we been doing our draft work back then, we likely would've pointed out that Kassian wasn't exactly on the development path of a future top-6 forward), but to even gain the favour of three NHL head coaches.
As a right-handed big guy with soft hands and a mean streak in junior, Kassian looked tailor-made to play with the Sedin twins, but questions about his defensive game and a general inclination to board play rather than driving the net have conspired to keep him off of Vancouver's top line.
Not only that, but a crowding depth chart, early season trade rumblings, and a constricting cap situation look like they're all conspiring to push the Big Guy out of town. Will the Canucks trade Zack Kassian this offseason? Let's take a look after the jump.
May 15 2015 02:24PM
With the Oshawa Generals pushing the Erie Otters to the brink of elimination, the Cole Cassels hype train has kicked into overdrive.
Certainly, Vancouver's 3rd round pick from Mike Gillis' final draft has continued to take massive strides forward in his development this season, as he further built on a very positive draft+1 year last year by growing in to the best centreman on one of the OHL's very best teams. He's continued his strong play into the OHL final, going blow-for-blow with the most dominant prospect the OHL has seen since Eric Lindros, and with a win tonight, could lead his team to the Memorial Cup in Quebec.
The accolades keep pouring in for Cassels, but is he going to be able to translate this elite two-way game to the NHL, or is he just a product of having a physical advantage over his younger peers and playing on a stacked team? Find out after the jump.
May 14 2015 08:40PM
On this (already out-of-date!) episode of the Hockey Graphs podcast, Rhys and Garret have a look at Vancouver locking up some of their defensive prospects, break down how an Eddie Lack trade could benefit Vancouver, and talk about a Jets prospect playing in the QMJHL finals.
Join us after the jump to listen!
May 14 2015 05:06PM
With just a couple of weeks left until the June 1st deadline for signing 2013 drafted prospects, the Canucks finally agreed to terms with high-scoring defensive prospect Jordan Subban, ending much hand-wringing in Canucks nation. Subban is one of Vancouver's better prospects and even though he hasn't shown explosive development in terms of his counting stats, he has steadily grown into a better and better NHL prospect during his time in the OHL.
We're fans of Subban, and while we're under no illusion that he'll come close to being a Norris trophy contender let alone a cornerstone piece of the Canucks, we think he's capable of carving out a prosperous NHL career for himself and becoming one of Vancouver's most successful 4th round picks in recent history.
Read past the jump as we have a look at Subban's junior career and try and forecast what the future holds.