Canucks Army Prospect Report – December 17th, 2014

Josh W
December 17 2014 09:30AM

The Canucks prospects are back again for the weekly edition of the Canucks Army Prospect Report, where we bring you all the latest in Canucks prospects news.  Many prospects are starting to prepare for the World Juniors while some of them are "studying" for final exams. 

As always, we have all the latest in prospect news and notes for you just past the jump.

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Why Ryan Miller Needs to Be the Back-up More Often

Thomas Drance
December 16 2014 04:30PM

The writers at this site savaged Vancouver's new management team when - on July 1, 2014 - freshly minted Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning plunged head first into the free agent market to hand out a three-year, $18-million contract to aging unrestricted free agent goaltender Ryan Miller.

I didn't hate the deal quite so much at the time. Having watched Eddie Lack break down towards the tail end of last season, I didn't think it was wise for the club to to dole him out a workhorse starter's workload. Looking over Jakob Markstrom's numbers over the past few seasons at the NHL-level, meanwhile, I didn't think he was a particularly good bet to credibly spell Lack for 30-35 NHL games.

But Ryan Miller is struggling. Plain and simple, he's struggling to the extreme. Let's take a closer look on the other side of the jump.

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Thatcher Demko Traded to Calgary (WHL)

That's Offside!
December 16 2014 02:41PM

Some Vancouver Canucks prospect news broke this afternoon when it was announced that G Thatcher Demko had been traded... in the WHL. The 19-year old netminder previously had his junior rights held by the Spokane Chiefs, but was dealt to the Calgary Hitmen. So does this mean that Demko is leaving the NCAA and coming north?

Read past the jump for the answer.

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Canucks Army Weekly Player Grades: Defensemen, December 15th, 2014

That's Offside!
December 15 2014 08:15PM

Player Report Cards

As promised this morning, here are our Canucks Army weekly player grades for defensemen.

Read past the jump to see how each Canucks defender fared this past week!

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Bo Horvat to Remain With Vancouver Through WJC's

That's Offside!
December 15 2014 04:12PM

Despite the impending returns of some of Vancouver's depth forwards from injury and the roster crunch that's sure to ensue, the Vancouver Canucks have opted not to release Bo Horvat to join Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships later this month.

Read past the jump for our initial thoughts and reactions.

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