March 14 2015 09:00PM
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Even though the Toronto Maple Leafs are embracing the tank so thoroughly that they drove a Panzer squadron to the rink and have allegedly hired Georgy Zhukov to oversee the rest of the season, games against the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada are rarely lacking in entertainment. Tonight was no exception, as the Canucks skated to a 4-1 lead and masterfully trolled Dion Phaneuf too while they were at it.
For a look at tonight's events, read past the jump.
March 14 2015 02:30PM
On Friday evening, the Canucks unexpectedly dipped into the CHL free agent pool, landing Edmonton Oil Kings captain and second leading defensive scorer Ashton Sautner to a three-year entry level contract.
Sautner, 20, was a major contributor to Edmonton's Memorial Cup run last season, playing a top-four role on the best puck possession team in the entire CHL, and now has two consecutive very strong WHL seasons under his belt.
Still, Sautner is an over-age player this season, and we know that 20-year olds playing in a teenager's league generally look better than they actually turn out to be, so he's an interesting gamble for Jim Benning to make.
So what do the Canucks have in Sautner? Read past the jump to find out.
March 14 2015 09:00AM
Yesterday afternoon, the CHL announced that the 2016 CHL top prospects game had been awarded to Vancouver, meaning that all the best and brightest first-time draft eligible stars will gather at the Pacific Coliseum on January 28th for the CHL's draft eligible version of an all-star game.
This will be the first time that Vancouver has hosted the event since then Vancouver Giants superstar Gilbert Brule scored a hat-trick and added an assist on his home ice to earn prospects game MVP honours. This time around, Vancouver Giants star-in-the-making Tyler Benson will take centre stage, but will face some stiff competition from his fellow 2016 draft eligible peers.
So just who should we be looking out for? Which current 16-year olds stand the best chance at starring in the NHL in the not-too-distant future? We'll take a look at six budding stars after the jump.
March 13 2015 09:27PM
The Vancouver Canucks have bolstered their prospect system, signing over-age Edmonton Oil Kings captain Ashton Sautner to an entry level contract. Sautner is in the middle of a career season with the Oil Kings and was a big part of their Memorial Cup run last season.
Click past the jump for more info.
March 12 2015 02:11PM
Vancouver continues their homestand on Thursday night, playing host to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are currently sitting on the outside looking in to the playoffs and are getting desperate for wins, but given their strong underlying numbers and history of success when the going gets tough, they still represent Vancouver's most likely opponent in round one of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Read past the jump for a look at tonight's potential playoff preview.