August 31 2016 11:00AM
There are few topics we like to write about at Canucks Army like prospects. In fact, you could make a case that the prospect profile series marks our favourite time of year.
We're almost finished with that series now, though, as Jeremy Davis just checked in with the second-ranked prospect in our consensus rankings. Which means that come Thursday, we're all out of prospects to, well, profile.
In the meantime, I wanted to hear your take. How do you rank the Canucks prospects? Using the Canucks Army method, which means any Calder Trophy eligible prospect, who cracks your top best twenty, ten or five list, and in what order?
August 31 2016 08:00AM
Eleven years after the Canucks drafted the dearly departed Luc Bourdon tenth overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, they finally selected another defenceman in the first round. Enter Finnish blueliner Olli Juolevi, an offensive minded future power play quarterback lauded for his creativity, intelligence and ability to process the game.
Hopefully a fixture on Vancouver’s blue line for years to come, Juolevi debuts at #2 on our countdown of the top 20 Canucks prospects.
August 30 2016 11:00AM
Sergei Belski: USA Today Sports
You can tell hockey season is just around the corner when the professional tryouts start rolling in. That's usually one of the first signs that summer is almost at a close.
For Canucks fans, though, it's often an off-season ritual their favourite team's notably absent from more often than not. In fact, the last PTOs the Canucks offered were to a geriatric Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk back in 2010-11. It's been a while, really.
To their credit, the Canucks haven't had the need to. They've been mostly competitive, or at least expected to be, for all but the last two-three years and didn't have many holes they could plug with a veteran tryout. That or they've tried to keep as many openings for young players as possible.
While you could certainly make the case that the Canucks are in a similar position to the two I broached for years past, their publicly stated need for help in the middle of their lineup indicates they're still looking for a helping hand. I've a few suggestions in mind, on the other side of the jump.
August 30 2016 10:27AM
Hockey season is almost here!
Which means some little transactions are happening around the league that likely aren't worth a full breakdown, but put a couple of them together and we might have something.
I started this 'series' in June, of putting some smaller Canucks news stories together in one post to give everyone some tidbits that might've slipped through the cracks.
With it almost being September, we have some more!
August 30 2016 09:00AM
The only goalie to crack the Top 20 prospect list for the Canucks, Thatcher Demko, comes in ranked third in our consensus list.
After an extremely impressive NCAA career, the young netminder now turns his attention to Utica this fall, with hopes of translating his success at Boston College to the AHL. For Canucks fans who've been all too eager to catch a glimpse of their blue chip goaltender, that's a step in the right direction.
Demko's shown through his exceedingly strong development, tireless work ethic and intelligence that he's worth the fuss.