September 14 2016 09:00AM
On the third day of what I’ve deemed Draft Review Week, I thought I’d take a look at some draft eligible players that were left behind at the 2016 NHL Draft, in the vein of a Josh Weissbock post from last year. I was impressed by the idea behind this sort of thing: how great must one’s prospect knowledge be if they can pump out a bunch of names beyond the 211 players that had their names called at the draft two months ago?
Well it turned out to not be as hard as I thought it would. Maybe this is just a weird year (I’m pretty sure it was), but there were an odd number of players that went unselected after being ranked by several services in the top 90, for crying out loud. I’m not entirely sure what the deal is with that, but here are eleven players left over after the 2016 NHL Draft.
September 14 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks finally signed some players to professional tryouts. In case you missed yesterday's news, they agreed to terms with Tuomo Ruutu, James Sheppard and Kevin Carr on tryout contracts.
Frankly, I can't imagine they're around for any other reason than the Canucks need bodies to meet the eight veteran minimum -- and that's okay! Still, I wouldn't mind them taking a flyer on somebody who could actually make the club and play in a semi-meaningful role. And I'm of the mind that a few such players are still available for a tryout contract.
Maybe you think there are a few players that fit the bill too. That's why I want to hear your take on professional tryouts. Do you see any of the Canucks three making the team? Are there any other players you'd like them to target? Make your voice heard!
September 13 2016 08:13PM
Photo Credit: Tim Lester - Peoria Rivermen Website
Mere hours after multiple reports confirmed that the Canucks had signed Tuomo Ruutu and James Sheppard to professional tryouts, the club announced that they'd come to terms with minor league goaltender Kevin Carr on a tryout deal too.
September 13 2016 01:01PM
It was announced today that the Canucks have signed James Sheppard to a PTO, which J.D. Burke had covered earlier.
At the same time, it was announced that Finnish forward Tuomo Ruutu was signed to a PTO.
There have been suggestions that the Canucks should use PTO's to create competition and possible find players that have been overlooked. Ruutu is a interesting choice to invite to training camp solely because he has struggled to create offence for a few years. Which is something the Canucks need.
But there are things that Ruutu does that makes him worth the zero asset or financial cost of a PTO.
September 13 2016 01:00PM
The Canucks season may be off in the distance still, but the inclusion of Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey ensures that many a Canuck will play competitive hockey soon all the same.
Remember that old trope when the Detroit Red Wings were in town? Something about the two clubs bevvy of Swedish talent acting as an intrasquad game of sorts? Well, some things never change. The Canucks are every bit as loaded with Sverige talent now as they were in the hay day of that quasi-rivalry.
Which is why I'm bringing you a list of the five most fun things to keep an eye as you watch Team Sweden contend for the World Cup of Hockey!