July 18 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks locked up a goalie for exposure in the expansion draft, added to their depth in Utica and announced the signing of Michael Carcone. As far as the middle of July goes, that qualifies as a doozy of a week. What wild antics will the Canucks get up to in time for next week's mailbag?!
Well, they would hope to have added a second line winger in that time. Preferably an established goal scorer with a little sandpaper to their game. So too would they like to offload one of their less than desirable contracts. Them and every other team though, right?
Well, let's talk about some of what they've done in the meantime and some of what they plan to do in future. You've got questions, I've got answers. You know the drill.
July 16 2016 01:02PM
The Vancouver Canucks went with familiarity in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. With memories of Andrew Cassel's three seasons in Vancouver, the Canucks selected his son, Cole Cassels, 84th overall. For the Canucks, who plucked 168 points in 198 games from Andrew, the last time Cole had a place in the organization was as a five-year-old, running around the locker room, playing mini-sticks with Ed Jovanovski, Markus Naslund and Trevor Linden. Oh, how time flies.
After collecting a modest 43 points in 64 games during his draft year, Cole's point production spiked to 1.19 PPG in his 19-year-old season. Then, in 2014-15, he was living the dream every CHL player strived for. He put up 81 points in 54 regular-season games, dominated the OHL playoffs, played a crucial role in his team winning the Memorial Cup, and was also named Oshawa's Most Valuable Player. Most importantly, Cassels solidified himself as one of the Canucks' top prospects. High expectations were placed on the 3rd-round pick that shut down Connor McDavid, but what went wrong in his first season with Utica?
July 15 2016 04:53PM
It was reported last week by our own JD Burke, that the Canucks had signed development camp invitee Michael Carcone to an three year entry level contract. That became official today, as the Canucks announced that they had agreed to terms with the 20 year old undrafted forward:
Carcone had been invited to the Florida Panthers development camp this past week, but was removed from the invite list on Sunday.
July 15 2016 03:43PM
We are getting into the middle of Summer now, and hockey topics have surely taken a step back. The big ticket free agents are off the table, and most of the hockey stories are revolving around rookies (mostly Auston Matthews.)
That being said, there are still some free agents on the market, and perhaps the Canucks could find a diamond in the rough among the bunch. Perhaps they could fill out their bottom half a bit more with some smaller, one-year contracts. I polled our writers to see what they would do.
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July 15 2016 05:00AM
Leaf fans losing confidence in Lou, "Mandela incident" was beginning of the end for Jonathan Bernier, how do things look for Flames headed into camp, a look at Adam Larsson in Edmonton, the NHL isn't fun, finding elite talent late in the draft, how likely are goalies to "make it" and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.