3 Canucks Prospects Who Could Get Shafted by the NHL Lockout

Thomas Drance
September 18 2012 03:18PM

Late last week, the Canucks re-assigned 23 prospects to their AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves. On Monday, we looked at three Canucks prospects whose development could benefit from the NHL lockout, and a protracted stint in the more talent laden than usual American Hockey League.

While the Canucks organization's top three young players (Zack Kassian, Chris Tanev and Eddie Lack) will see a lot of ice, and be given every opportunity to succeed - the following three prospects are guys who could end up with the short end of the stick. 

Who are they? Read past the jump for find out!

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Bulls Pick Brendan Gaunce as their New Captain

Thomas Drance
September 18 2012 07:44AM

Brendan Gaunce hasn't turned nineteen, but his OHL club (the Belleville Bulls) thinks he's mature enough to wear the captain's "C" on his chest. The Bulls announced yesterday that Gaunce, Vancouver's first overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, will be the team's captain this season.

Read past the jump.

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Headshots September 17th

Thomas Drance
September 17 2012 05:52PM

Several Canucks skaters continue to skate at UBC.
Note the odd man out in the far right corner. It's the groundskeeper: Willie Mitchell.
Photo Credit: Shannon Paterson.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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3 Canucks Prospects Who Will Benefit from an NHL Lockout

Thomas Drance
September 17 2012 03:42PM

Lost in the din of Doan decision day and Alex Burrows' four year, 18 million dollar extension - was news that the Canucks re-assigned 23 skaters to their AHL affiliate club the Chicago Wolves. Included in the list of re-assigned prospects were guys like Chris Tanev and Zack Kassian, two players who would've been locks to make the Canucks' NHL roster if not for the lockout.

This isn't a Canucks specific trend. The AHL will be packed with young talent this season, including NHL quality talents like Gabriel Landeskog, Jeff Skinner, Cody Hodgson, Jordan Eberle and maybe even Oliver Ekman-Larsson. This creates a unique developmental situation, since the quality of competition in the American Hockey League is likely to be significantly elevated in the first month (or more) of the season. 

Let's parse through the list of re-assigned players, and look at which Canucks prospects stand to benefit most from additional AHL seasoning.

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Canucks Extend Burrows

Thomas Drance
September 14 2012 01:17PM

Photo via @VanCanucks

The day started with Burrows' agent posturing to Jason Botchford about how Alex Burrows deserved Patrick Sharp money and a five or six year term. That was followed up by the News1130Sports Twitter account predicting that Burrows was on his way out of Vancouver if the team managed to sign Shane Doan.

All of the handwringing was for naught, as Alex Burrows and the team have agreed to terms on a four year, 18 million dollar deal (cap hit: 4.5 million). Here's the official press release from Canucks.nhl.com

More analysis after the jump.

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