March 17 2015 09:00AM
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In recent days the Vancouver Canucks have bolstered their prospect pool along the blue-line by signing Edmonton Oil Kings over-age defenseman Ashton Sautner and hot shot University of Maine defender Ben Hutton to entry-level contracts.
Sautner and Hutton join a a group of prospect defenders that also includes (depending on how you wish to define 'prospect') Frank Corrado, Adam Clendening, Andrey Pedan and Nikita Tryamkin. There are some intriguing names on that list, but this group would be an awful lot more interesting if the club could get Belleville Bulls defender Jordan Subban under contract.
Will they do so? Let's look into the mechanics at play.
March 16 2015 09:22PM
On Monday the Canucks took to the ice for practice sporting the Vancouver Millionaires sweaters. It would seem that the players and the organization were preparing for Pat Quinn night, which the club will host at Rogers Arena on Tuesday evening.
The Millionaires sweater has been the club's go-to ceremonial sweater ever since the club purchased the Trademark from Canadian heavy metal legend Thor (no, seriously). The problem is that the Millionaires sweater, as nice and historic and formal as it is, isn't exactly a jersey thats connected in any way to Quinn.
Which is probably why the club explored using the 90s flying skate a.k.a. the spaghetti plate jersey, according to president Trevor Linden:
Linden said #Canucks looked at flying skate for Pat Quinn night, but couldn't make it happen. But hinted may see it in near future— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) March 16, 2015
So we might perhaps see the 'flying skate' sweater in the near future, eh? Because if there's one thing this franchise needs, it's a 14th different logo and jersey combination...
March 16 2015 02:24PM
The Vancouver Canucks have lured promising NCAA defenseman Ben Hutton, 21, away from the college system and into the professional ranks, according to reports emanating from Portland, Maine., where Hutton plays - or played - his college hockey with the Black Bears.
The news for now has not been confirmed by a Vancouver reporter or the team, though the report itself comes from Whiteneigh Kinne of WCHS6, an NBC affiliate based in Portland. The news has been amplified by WCSH6 sportscaster Lee Goldberg, and SBN's Jeff Cox has similarly picked it up.
Hutton is a left-handed shooting 6-foot-3 defenseman who has been enormously productive offensively during his time in the NCAA. His signing is a boon for the Canucks' prospect pool and potentially the Utica Comets' Calder Cup hopes.
Read on past the jump.
March 16 2015 12:00PM
The Vancouver Canucks announced that goaltender Jacob Markstrom was recalled from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League on Monday
Markstrom, 25, made back-to-back starts for the Comets this weekend, winning both games and stopping 50 of the 53 shots he faced. Read past the jump for more.
March 16 2015 09:00AM
When will Eddie Lack's teammates step up and steal his spot atop these power rankings? Not quite yet.