September 02 2016 01:00PM
Another year in the books for the Canucks Army prospect series!
There have been some risers, some fallers, and of course some new additions. Recently ESPN's Corey Pronman ranked the Canucks as the 13th best prospect system (paywall) in the NHL as it's highlighted by high-end prospects like Brock Boeser, Olli Juolevi and Thatcher Demko. That's a nice endorsement for an organization that was generally near the bottom of the NHL, in those type of rankings, due to being on the cusp of a Stanley Cup and then the eventual decline.
There are still some flaws in the system, and ideally there would be a little more high end prospects.
It will be interesting to see how these players trend this season, and where we will stand next season. Without further ado, here is all the links in one place:
September 02 2016 09:09AM
Now that we've concluded our Top 20 prospects within the organization for this summer, it's time to take a look at some of players that just missed the cut in making the final Top 20.
The following five players all received at least one vote in the top 20, but ultimately were passed by players who had higher upside, were more sure bets or were younger.
There is still a possibility that these five could have good seasons next year, and in part due to some graduation, move up into the Top 20 next season.
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September 02 2016 05:00AM
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September 01 2016 01:00PM
Perry Nelson: USA Today Sports
We're at a point in the off-season where what you see is what you get with most NHL rosters. That includes the Vancouver Canucks, who in spite of their best efforts have yet to pry that elusive middle six winger from the trade market and don't seem likely to at any point before the season.
That means we can start to get a sense of how the lineup will shake out and make predictions about individual player production. Now, I haven't the analytical savvy to come to any sort of conclusions myself, but publications invested in fantasy hockey along with Dom Luszczyszyn are more than capable. And I'm going to lean on their expertise for the purpose of this article and take a gander at what we might expect from the Canucks production wise going into next season.
September 01 2016 11:00AM
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For fans who are every bit as interested in following the decisions that form their favourite team's roster as they are the team itself, August is somewhat of a dry spell annually. There's just not an awful lot of movement leaguewide.
I consider myself one such fan, which is why I always consider September to be when hockey is back on. That's when the professional try-outs are handed out, and familiar faces find new places in the constant shuffle of the NHL machine. Usually it's fringe NHL'ers or players trying to save themselves from falling victim to that distinction, but every now and again someone who doesn't fit either mould slips through the cracks.
According to a report by Elliotte Friedman, Peter Mueller is that player for this season. The former eighth overall pick and NHL journeyman is looking to make an NHL comeback after a tour in Sweden and sounds serious about it, too. Which, naturally, raises the question of whether the Canucks should have any interest.