A Look at Cole Cassels' Monster Season

Rhys Jessop
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.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 16 - Trouble in Canuck Land

Rhys Jessop
May 14 2015 08:40PM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

On this (already out-of-date!)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!

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What do the Canucks have in Jordan Subban?

Rhys Jessop
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.

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Canucks Sign Mackenze Stewart to ELC - First Impressions

Rhys Jessop
May 12 2015 03:43PM

As reported this afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks have agreed to an entry level contract with their 2014 7th round pick, Mackenze Stewart. At the time he was drafted, we were baffled by the Stewart pick as he was completely off the draft radar as a re-entry player, and showed absolutely no statistical indication he'd ever be ready for NHL duty. Well one year later, has enough changed that Stewart appears to be a good bet to hold down an NHL job in some capacity? Has he taken significant strides to build himself into a legitimate prospect for the Canucks?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is an absolutely baffling move that makes little to no sense, not only from a statistical standpoint, but from a scouting perspective as well. Read past the jump to find out why signing Stewart was such an odd move for the Canucks, and a head-scratcher for the scouting community.

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Why Missing Matt O'Connor Doesn't Hurt Vancouver

Rhys Jessop
May 09 2015 01:20PM

The Matt O'Connor derby came to an end this morning with the highly-touted undrafted college free agent choosing to sign with the Ottawa Senators instead of the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, or New York Rangers. While Canucks fans are certainly disappointed that their team didn't land the big fish in the college UFA market once again, missing out on O'Connor isn't necessarily a big deal.

How can failing to sign a guy with so much hype and buzz surrounding him be a very minor miss for Jim Benning and the Canucks? Read past the jump to find out.

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