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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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 15 - Of Course We're Talkin' Prospects

Rhys Jessop
May 08 2015 01:00PM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

With their teams' seasons now in the rear view mirror, Rhys and Garret begin breaking down the upcoming entry draft by discussing which prospects Corey Pronman has ranked around where both the Canucks and Jets are selecting in the first 3 rounds. Join us after the jump for some prospect talk!

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Three Prospects the Canucks Should Target at the 2015 Entry Draft

Rhys Jessop
May 07 2015 05:01PM

Yesterday, we began our offseason draft coverage by highlighting three players the Vancouver Canucks would be smart to avoid taking 23rd overall at the upcoming NHL entry draft. Long story short, while all three guys had legitimate upside and lots of things to like about each, there were too many concerns around them to justify drafting 23rd overall.

The best argument in favour of passing on this group has little to do with those individual players, however. When you're drafting, you want to derive more future value from your draft pick than anyone else can from any player taken after you. In other words, you want the best and most useful future pro available, so the best reason to avoid the guys we highlighted yesterday is that there will be players on the board that you should want more.

Today, we'll highlight three of these players and outline the big reasons why the Vancouver Canucks should strongly consider drafting each with their 23rd overall pick. Join us after the jump to find out which players the Canucks should target at 23rd overall.

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