August 10 2015 09:23AM
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Back during the 2010-11 season Kingston Frontenacs defenseman Evan McEneny lost his draft eligible season to injury, and so he appeared to be an intriguing gamble when a previous Vancouver Canucks regime signed him to an entry-level contract.
In the years since, McEneny's on-ice performance has mostly improved, and he's been leaned on heavily by his coaches at the OHL level. This past season for example, McEneny continued to post auspicious offensive totals and led all OHL defenseman in estimated time-on-ice per game, according to CHLstats.com.
On the other hand it's almost never a good sign when an NHL caliber prospect returns to major junior for their overage season, and it would seem that McEneny could be in tough to earn playing time with the Utica Comets this upcoming season. He kicks off our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #20.
August 09 2015 02:28PM
Welcome back to Babych Please, where I get talk about dogs and gifs and almost nothing else! This week also brings you some world junior highlights and an above average amount of Jarkko Ruutu. This article is several days late because Jeff is blissfully unaware of how this site works and didn't question a saved draft with a date in the title.
August 07 2015 12:20PM
The 2009-10 was another step up the ladder for the Vancouver Canucks as they inched closer to league dominance. Although this wasn't destined to be their year, it was a coming out party for the Sedins not just as front line players, but as truly elite talent.
Coming off a second round playoff loss, there was a hunger in Vancity, knowing that many of their core pieces were only getting better. Canucks GM Mike Gillis added some significant pieces in the off season on both forward and defense.
Let's delve into the 2009-10 season and dig up some memories.
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August 07 2015 07:00AM
Babcock getting van Riemsdyk to the next level, Canucks dishing out dollars, World Junior showcase, Flames trimming the fat, Oilers reliving the Pronger trade, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, free agency and more in this week's Roundup.
August 06 2015 12:00PM
The 2008/2009 Vancouver Canucks season marked the beginning of many eras in the franchise's history. Former agent Mike Gillis stepped in as general manager and chose not to re-sign his previous client and ex-Canucks captain Markus Naslund. Roberto Luongo was named captain, adding a fun but somewhat forgettable twist to some of his best seasons with the team. Alain Vigneault confused everyone when he moved Alex Burrows up to play with the Sedins. The Mats Sundin era began and ended. Steve Bernier was there!
Let's set the mood with Flo Rida's Low (feat. T-Pain) and head back to 2008/09.