Highlights from the waiver wire: 10/9/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 09 2016 04:00PM

Ten more players were placed on waivers on Sunday, including a pair of established NHL forwards.

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AHL Signings and Veteran Limits Could Make it Trickier to Dump Veterans in Utica This Year

Jeremy Davis
October 08 2016 05:00PM

The regular season is fast approaching, and the final roster is starting to take shape. As more players get the axe from the big club, the Comets roster begins to fill out. For those of you who are as deeply entrenched in hockey nerddom as I am, this is a joyous time of year.

With all the new acquisitions for the Comets this coming season, it occurred to me to take another look at the AHL’s veterans rules and how they may apply to the Comets. What I found is mildly interesting, and it will likely have some bearing on Canucks roster decisions at some point in the season, as it looks like the Comets could begin the season already at their veteran limit.

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Who Might Challenge Brock Boeser As the Top NCAA Player?

Jeremy Davis
October 08 2016 03:00PM

The college hockey season officially got underway this weekend, and Brock Boeser hit the ground running, scoring four point in his first game of the regular season. Skating on a new top North Dakota line with Colorado first round pick Tyson Jost and Washington fifth round pick Shane Gersich, Boeser potted a goal and three assists Friday night as North Dakota dismantled Canisius College by a score of 6-0.

It’s only been one game, but Boeser is already leading the NCAA scoring race. According to many different prognosticators, he’s one of the top players to watch this season, and he’s certainly putting on a show so far. While we in Vancouver are already ready to anoint him the leading candidate for this year’s Hobey Baker Award, I pondered which other NCAA players might challenge him for the honour.

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October 08 2016 01:00PM


(John Shorthouse voice) In the FINAL game of the Canucks preseason, Vancouver heads to Edmonton, to the newly minted Rogers Place to take on the Oilers. Although the results haven't changed from last year, the players fighting to make the Canucks have. Troy Stecher has taken the mantle from Ben Hutton as this year's surprising standout on defense (actually anywhere) while Jack Skille and Tuomo Ruutu have made the most of their PTOs. 

The regular season starts for the Canucks next weekend so this is the final tune up to see who's ready.

Its the Canucks....and the Oilers....NEXT! 

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Matthew Henderson
October 08 2016 11:53AM


We are just a week away from the start of meaningful hockey in the NHL, and there's a buzz starting in the city, as people dust off their Canucks gear for the upcoming season. With a new season, that means cuts to the pre-season roster. We discussed this last week, talking about who we wish stuck around for a longer look in the pre-season, but one name that we didn't talk about was Jake Virtanen. The 2014 first round pick, who played quite well early last season, has been recovering from injury, and many people think he would be served better spending some time down in Utica, where he could get top line minutes and grow as a player. With that in mind, I took this question to our writers, and here's what they thought.

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