July 28 2014 11:22AM
I had a conversation with Harrison Mooney last week. Well, it was more of a one-way discussion. I smiled and nodded as Harrison talked at me about how he thought I evaluated prospects, and the weaknesses he thought my approach had.
Despite being drunk at the time (it was his birthday), Harrison raised some really valid points and criticisms - points and criticisms that I thought were relevant and understandable enough that I needed to address. To paraphrase him: "Rhys, I like your stuff. But when I read it, you just seem so sure on these kids. Like you're certain you know how they're going to turn out. But you don't know, you can't know. They're so young!"
The thing is, he's pretty much completely right. We can't know how these kids are going to turn out, so making statements like "Bo Horvat is destined to be a 3rd line centre" are asinine and disingenuous. This is also why I try to avoid making statements like "Bo Horvat is destined to be a 3rd line centre."
"But wait, Rhys. Didn't you--" Yes and no. We'll get to that past the jump.
July 07 2014 12:19PM
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are one of the most forward-thinking and progressive hockey organizations on the planet. Under the leadership of young GM (and friend-of-the-blogosphere) Kyle Dubas, the Hounds have quickly vaulted to the top of the OHL standings, finishing this past year 4th in points in a brutal Western Conference.
Dubas and coach Sheldon Keefe place a great deal of value on analytics, and track Corsi, zone starts, and zone entry stats in order to gain a better understanding of what meaningful contributions their players make over the course of a full season.
There is no one better to give a detailed, analytic-focused breakdown of Canucks 1st round pick and Greyhounds centre Jared McCann than Kyle Dubas himself. After reaching out to Canucks Army to address some of our concerns with the selection of McCann, Dubas generously agreed to answer a few questions we had about McCann and help Canucks fans gain a better understanding of the 17-year old kid who will hopefully turn into the centrepiece of the Ryan Kesler trade. You're going to like what you hear.
July 02 2014 12:45PM
The Canucks continued to make small moves to shore up their fringe-NHL/AHL depth today, adding a couple of depth forwards in Cal O'Reilly (yes, he is related to Ryan - Cal is Ryan's older brother), and former Texas Star Dustin Jeffrey. Neither really look to have significant NHL upside and are probably nothing more than moves to strengthen what was a poor Utica Comets team last year, but both have had a cup of coffee in the NHL so we felt it's at least worth mentioning them. Read past the jump for a quick look at Vancouver's two newest forwards.
July 01 2014 12:55PM
VAN signs D Bobby Sanguinetti $600,000 if in NHL— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2014
After Jim Benning landed his guy, he went off the board with his second ever free agent acquisition, picking up former Carolina Hurricanes D Bobby Sanguinetti for a basically insignificant amount of money. Just who the hell is Bobby Sanguinetti? Is this at all a meaningful signing? Will he even play in the NHL?
Everything you ever needed to know about Bobby Sanguinetti is after the jump.
June 28 2014 12:12PM
The Vancouver Canucks forewent anything resembling skill of talent in the late rounds of the entry draft, opting instead for size and grit by selecting Kyle Pettit of the Erie Otters and Mackenzie Stewart of the Prince Albert Raiders. Read past the jump for a look at these players and some thoughts on Vancouver's 2014 entry draft.