July 04 2015 10:00AM
Image Courtesy: UticaComets.com
While we have been busy covering all the latest additions to the Vancouver Canucks, we have been giving less coverage to some of the depth players signings with other teams. We cannot forget the baby Canucks down in Utica as that franchise's role with Vancouver has continued to be stronger every year.
Without further ado, here are some of the roster changes down in Utica we've seen in the past two days.
July 03 2015 02:00PM
Well, whatever confidence I still had that the current regime running the Canucks actually knew what they were doing just walked out the door yesterday. And it was escorted by security.
As Thom laid out in his level headed take on the matter, the Canucks unceremoniously turfed Laurence Gilman, Lorne Henning and Eric Crawford. So if it's well documented, informative writing you want on the subject, go read that. But if it's raw, visceral, facepalming you're looking for, you've come to the right place.
Because based on the comments and interviews that came out yesterday, the Canucks' brain trust just lost what brains they had left. All in the name of efficiency, apparently.
Yes, according to Trevor Linden, it was *boohoo* just too hard to make decisions, presumably because there were a lot of differences in opinion around the room:
Linden says size of #Canucks front office made it "cumbersome" to make decisions. Some of their duties will be absorbed by existing execs— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) July 2, 2015
Yes, I'm sure that must be hard. Having to think things through. Overcome doubts. Talk through different perspectives. Tough, I know. But you know what decisions are easy to make? Bad ones.
July 03 2015 12:33PM
Throughout the course of the last year, the team at CanucksArmy and Jets Nation have been working on the development of a prospect evaluation tool called Prospect Cohort Success Percentage, or PCS for short. The basic premise is that by finding the closest comparables to a prospect in terms of age, size, league, and point production, we can gain insight into the prospect's likelihood of success at the NHL level.
At it's essence, the tool tries to mathematically answer the following questions:
- Who are a given players' closest pre-NHL comparables?
- What percentage of a players' closest comparables went on to become successful NHLers as defined by playing in excess of 200 NHL games (PCS%)?
- Of the comparables who went on to play in the NHL what was the average NHL point-per-game (PCS PPG) of these players?
There is a fair amount of advancements we're currently working on for PCS, including quality of teamates and era adjustments, but we thought it would be fun to see how teams did at the 2015 draft when using PCS as a benchmark.
July 03 2015 10:00AM
If you are a Canucks fan, you have many excuses to be sad this week. It is hard to get excited about new things when the old things were so familiar and cool and taco-obsessed.
July 03 2015 08:30AM
Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports
The Vancouver Canucks invited 29 players to their three day prospect development camp on Thursday, a group that includes 2015 first-round pick Brock Boeser, nine free agents and one massive goaltender.
The camp will take place at a private boarding school called Shawnigan Lake this year, which means we won't get the annual post Grouse Grind rookie shot this time around. Anyway let's take a quick look at the list of invites after the jump.