May 23 2016 03:00PM
We are halfway through our draft rankings!
In an effort to make all the profiles easy to access and in one place, we have created this post to include all of the players ranked from 60 to 31.
We hope you have enjoyed the profiles so far. They will only get better from here as we approach the top of what should be a fun draft class.
May 23 2016 01:00PM
It may be the May long weekend, but Canucks Army never sleeps, cause sleep is the cousin of death. Which is to say that we don't take this Victoria Day thing overly seriously, and are still hard at work.
It's the season of prospect profiles and year-end pieces for each individual player on the Canucks roster. A good time to be alive, indeed. Next up are free agent profiles, but I don't want to tip my hand too much. Suffice to say, there's even more great hashtag content on the way.
For now, though, I've a bevvy of Canucks related (and not Canucks related, frankly) questions to answer on the other side of the jump.
May 23 2016 09:10AM
With the draft one month away it's time to start ramping up our focus towards it even more.
Most of the talk so far has been surrounding the real top tier players of the draft like Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. But there are six more rounds past the first one, and there are plenty of future NHLers that'll come out of this draft that up until now you've never heard of in your life.
Luckily, we have little tricks to help us try and identify who those players might be.
May 23 2016 08:00AM
Technically the first member of our first round projections, Carl Grundström is a personal favourite of mine, and not just because of what names came out of the similarity model (although that helped - more on that later). Grundström is a Swedish two-way winger who plays what might be considered a Canadian style of game. He bangs and crashes, but he can back it up with some soft hands and an impressive shot.
May 22 2016 12:00PM
Jared McCann wasn't expected to make the Vancouver Canucks opening night roster but defied the odds and conventional wisdom to carve out a prescribed role in the bottom-six, playing sheltered minutes by and large.
Though it mightn't have been in McCann's best interests -- physically undeveloped as he was and may still be -- it served the Canucks short-term goals, as their depleted centre depth called for help in whatever form they could find it. The need for McCann evolved from that of the fourth-line anchor to first-line fill-in by December, with the 19-year-old rookie pivot taking his turn in the injured Henrik Sedin's spot between Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen. Then back again to the fourth and occasionally the press box.
It was a season of ups and downs, but on the whole highly productive given the circumstances. There were moments where McCann flashed an offensive knack, particularly with his hard wrist shot that caught NHL goaltenders off guard on more than one occasion. Let's see the body of work as a whole, though, on the other side of the jump.