October 13 2016 03:15PM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
Hockey is back! While the NHL got underway last night, the AHL is just a few days ahead. We like to keep a close eye on our friends in Utica, and I'll be handling the Comets weekly reports again. Before we get into the day-to-day and week-to-week activity, there was plenty of offseason activity that has affected the makeup of the team.
This is part two of a five part series that examines the changes in the Utica Comets roster between the 2015-16 season and the upcoming 2016-17 season. This article will cover returning players, those members of last year’s Comets that will return to Utica in the fall. We’ll look at how they fared last season and what they look to bring in the coming year.
October 13 2016 02:13PM
Photo Credit: Canucks twitter (@Canucks)
The Canucks announced today that they have come to terms with former PTO winger Jack Skille, signing him to a one-year, one-way deal worth $700,000. Skille impressed the Canucks brass during training camp with his physical play and energetic battle levels. He comes at the cost of Emerson Etem, who was claimed this morning on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks, after the Canucks waived Etem yesterday to make room for him.
October 13 2016 10:30AM
It was announced this morning that the Anaheim Ducks have claimed Emerson Etem on waivers after the Canucks placed the speedy winger on waivers yesterday.
ANA claims Etem— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 13, 2016
Etem was Anaheim's first round pick in 2010, before being traded, along with the 41st overall selection in 2015, to the New York Rangers for Carl Hagelin, the 59th overall and 179th overall picks in 2015.
October 13 2016 09:00AM
Another NHL season is upon us, meaning predictions and projections are all revving into motion. Canucks
fans haven't much to be optimistic about this time around -- as countless outlets last place predictions can attest. That doesn't mean you should check out on the Canucks, though.
There are a couple of Swedish twins, at the very least, on the cusp of breaking ground on some hefty career milestones. That's exciting in its own right. But they're not the only Canucks worth watching for in that sense either.
The list of players with similarly lofty yet ascertainable goals is by no means exhaustive. And for brevities sake, we'll not discuss games played, or goal and assist marks not divisible by 100 -- with one exception. This list also acts under the assumption that players will dress for all 82 games. I'm sure you're all aware of at least one of these milestones (a fairly significant one at that), but a few others are lurking right around the corner. It would be a shame to leave those out, so here they are for your enjoyment.
October 12 2016 05:00PM
Each year, a new crop of rookies plays their first ever National Hockey League game in the blue, green and white of a Vancouver Canucks jerseys. Sometimes these players are part of the future of the franchise, taking the first strides of a long NHL career. Other times, they’re warm bodies filling an empty spot in a midseason lineup, with the small hope that something might click at the NHL level.
Last season had plenty of instances of both, with a total of nine players getting their first taste of NHL action. Among them were future core pieces of the Canucks, like Jake Virtanen and Ben Hutton; players whose futures have yet to be decided, like Brendan Gaunce and Andrey Pedan; and players who were there just because, like Alex Friesen.
Let’s look ahead to the 2016-17 season and speculate on which Canucks prospects might make their NHL debuts this time around.