May 27 2014 11:47AM
Nathan Smith played just 4 career games with Vancouver after being drafted 23rd overall in 2000.
By now, you've all read my last article wherein Sham Sharron outdrafts the actual Vancouver Canucks in a neat little thought exercise meant to illustrate just how poor the Canucks' amateur scouting has been since 2000. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can read it here. You can also read real-life Cam Charron's follow-up that addresses why an exercise like this may yield the surprising results it does here.
The point of that article wasn't to say "this is how Vancouver SHOULD have drafted", which some apparently took it as. It was instead meant to point out that if such a(n admittedly) faulty method - which ignored half of the world's hockey talent - can produce better results than what Vancouver was actually doing, there is a massive problem in the Canucks' amateur scouting that must be addressed immediately.
What the last article didn't do though was put into perspective how woeful Vancouver and their scouting department has been at finding any NHL talent through the draft relative to the rest of the NHL. That is what we'll do here. Read past the jump to be filled with even more sadness and regret.
May 20 2014 01:07PM
I was recently having a Twitter discussion with Canucks Army contributor Patrick Johnston (@risingaction) and regular reader Ryan (@Verviticus), in which we were essentially arguing which Canucks entry draft in the Ron Delorme Era was the worst (it's probably 2007, although 2002, 2000, and 2009 are all pretty miserable too).
We came to the conclusion that, man, Vancouver's drafting really has been inexcusably awful for over a decade now. Sure, there have been a handful of home runs with guys like Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, and Ryan Kesler, but nearly every Canucks fan can name The One That Got Away or That Guy They #ShouldOf Drafted. Still, every team in the NHL passed up Shea Weber or Patrice Bergeron or Milan Lucic, so is Ron Delorme's record as head of Canucks amateur scouting really that much worse than everyone else?
To find out, I decided to design an extremely basic you-don't-have-to-even-think method of drafting and compared it to Vancouver's draft record under Delorme. I've put a summer intern with nothing but a book of CHL stats and no access to any non-Canadian junior league up against an entire team of world-travelling, game-watching professional amateur scouts. If the Canucks' brass can't clear this woefully low hurdle, then holy hell they are awful.
Spoiler: it's even worse than you think.
May 14 2014 01:08PM
Yesterday, we shared our OHL Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates estimates for the 2013-2014 season and found that it Canucks prospects tended to face above average competition for their respective teams. Today, we'll have a look at QoC and QoT estimates for the WHL. Read past the jump for those.
May 13 2014 10:27AM
With the Canucks long since having been eliminated from playoff contention, it's been a bit of a spring malaise here at Canucks Army as we really haven't had much to write about (other than the occasional spat of off-ice personnel news, though I'm sure we'll have plenty of #hot #sports #takes when
Jim Benning the next GM is hired).
Regrettably, the next real thing to look forward to that involves actual hockey players is the draft which is more than a month and a half away. Fortunately, this down time gives us plenty of opportunities to break down the CHL in an effort to see just which 18-year old kid we all want to bear the burden of all of our collective hopes and dreams, and how the most recent drafted crop of Canucks prospects are doing.
As you all know, our own Josh Weissbock does tireless work tracking not only Canucks prospects through the season, but also a whole whack of other stuff for various North American hockey leagues. Among these things is Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates, which we'll look at for all OHL players past the jump.
May 03 2014 01:59PM
After a hiatus, the Sea-to-Sky Boner Report is back with a ton of Vancouver Giants and WHL news and notes. Since we last checked in, the Portland Winterhawks and Edmonton Oil Kings have both advanced out of their respective conferences in the WHL playoffs, the WHL bantam draft has taken place, and most notably, the Giants are now in the market for a new coach.
There's a lot to cover, so read past the jump for more.