Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 21 2016 11:58AM
The Vancouver Canucks might have one of the best players in all of College Hockey, and it appears that he might be getting credit for it. Goaltender Thatcher Demko has been included in the initial list of nominations for the Hobey Baker Award for the most outstanding player, on and off the ice, in the NCAA.
January 21 2016 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Twitter / @PennStateMHK
It's time for every Canucks fans favourite weekly feature, Blackfish. This week we have a serious injury, a retirement and contract signing. So there's plenty to digest this week in the constantly changing world of Canucks prospects.
Let's forget about the Canucks being heavily outshot on a regular basis, and take a look at the week that was for next generation. Let this basement blogger give you the lowdown on the past week!
January 20 2016 06:11PM
Photo credit: Vancouver Canucks twitter / @VanCanucks
Everything is happening right now for Mike Zalewski. Two days ago, the New Hartford native was enjoying the minor league life on an AHL contract. Yesterday Zalewski landed an NHL deal, and now today he is on his way to join the Canucks in Boston.
What is going on here?
January 20 2016 05:00PM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
The losing finally came to a halt last week and not a moment too soon. After the Comets dropped their seventh straight game, they reversed their fortunes and finished the week on a positive note, with a two-game winning streak to bookend it.
There still wasn't a whole lot of offense going around, but what last week lacked in goals, it made up for in roster moves; as the team received, reassigned and released a number of players.
January 20 2016 01:00PM
Asset management has become a popular term of late, as teams try to separate themselves with an equal amount of money and pieces at their disposal. The idea of selling high and buying low is becoming a key thought process to get any advantage you can, as managing a hockey team is basically an efficiency contest. This also relates to not letting your pending free agents walk on July 1st without accruing anything in return.
This topic du jour is often remarked upon in this space, as the Canucks are not in a position to let their assets fade into nothingness, yet they have so often in these last two seasons. Not trading or re-signing pending unrestricted free agents is the worst thing a halfway-rebuilding franchise can allow. The Canucks did that with Shawn Matthias and Brad Richardson last year and hopefully, they've learned their lesson
Only time will tell, as this year they've been dealt a similar situation, with the ability to bring in a much larger haul, with Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata. There are other ways to maximize returns on already held pieces and one such method is trading draft picks. An exercise we'll discuss in full, on the other side of the jump