May 10 2016 08:00AM
Coming in at 43rd in our consensus rankings is Sault St Marie winger Boris Katchouk, who is a player that won't wow you on the ice but will do the little things to generate offence.
He may not be a flashy player but for a second round pick, he is someone that teams will be attracted to.
May 09 2016 05:00PM
Though usually a versatile, if underappreciated element in the Vancouver Canucks bottom six, Jannik Hansen shed that label this season en route to a 20-goal campaign, riding shotgun alongside the Sedins.
Hansen steadily built his case in sparse ice-time over the five seasons prior, proving up to the task whenever called upon to fill in as the third Sedin. Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins bought in, putting the Danish grinder on the top line in the injured Brandon Sutter's stead, bucking convention and reaping enormous rewards for his trouble.
While the on-ice product left little, if anything to be desired of Hansen this season, the strides he made off the ice were every bit as profound and impactful. As the Canucks ship inched closer towards the iceberg, Hansen, who finished the season a 30-year-old, grizzled veteran of eight seasons, became increasingly vocal as a member of the Canucks leadership group.
Rare are the players who looked exceptionally good this season, but Hansen certainly has a strong case. Let's delve deep and unearth the underlying reasons why...
May 09 2016 01:00PM
The Vancouver Canucks haven't been relevant for an awfully long time. Such is the plight of the eliminated team that finishes third last in the entire league.
All the more so now that the college free agent market has all but withered. Wouldn't you know it, it couldn't have finished as the grande fait accompli that might make this season somewhat palatable. I mean, sure, the Canucks did land Troy Stetcher and Michael Garteig... then Drake Caggiula spurned them for the Edmonton Oilers. That's gotta hurt. I mean, Edmonton over Vancouver. Just think about that for a second. Or don't.
Yet through the malaise, you fine people keep peppering me with questions for the Monday Mailbag. All of which I'll gladly answer, on the other side of the jump.
May 09 2016 11:02AM
Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going. So I made my own.
May 09 2016 08:00AM
It's a (short) run of big defenceman with Logan Stanley being profiled yesterday as the 45th ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, and now coming in at 44th is a hulking Finnish defenceman, Markus Niemelainen. Measuring in at 6'6" and 205 lbs, Niemelainen is one of the biggest defenceman available in this draft, so teams looking to add size to their blue line prospect ranks may have to seriously consider the Kuopio native.