August 26 2016 11:00AM
Hockey season is on the horizon, so news is really starting to pick up the pace. At the moment, we are counting down the top 20 prospects within the Canucks organization, some of which the current regime acquired.
At the moment, Jim Benning's left no stone unturned as he continues to look for ways to add to the current prospect pool. The Canucks are rumoured to be in the hunt for NCAA UFA Matt Benning. Yes, he is related, it's Jim's nephew -- and he plays with Adam Gaudette, too.
Given that rumoured interest, we used pGPS to look at M. Benning, and an underwhelming 3.1% went onto becoming NHL regulars. I tweeted this out, merely as a 'for your information', but someone asked a question that got the wheels turning:
August 26 2016 09:00AM
Nikita Tryamkin, the Canucks massive new Russian defenceman, checks in as the fifth-ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
Canucks fans got to see the defenceman up close in Vancouver for 13 games last season after his KHL campaign concluded and the excitement was palatable. There were flashes of what he could become for the Canucks. A big, mobile defenceman who isn't afraid to take the body and make life difficult for opponents.
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August 26 2016 05:00AM
Leafs scaring off free agents, Ken Holland's worst GM moves, why Giordano still can't make the World Cup team, Jets and Oilers need Captains, grading Chiarelli to date, why fighting is still part of the game, looking at Team North America and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 26 2016 05:00AM
It's the last Friday in August, which means that interesting and slightly less fluffy content is on its way! But for now, we've got Podrick Payne, Pokemon, and a guest appearance from Jonathan Toews' Twitter account.
August 25 2016 09:00AM
Brendan Gaunce checks in at sixth in our prospect rankings. The former centre turned winger has parlayed his success at a new position into one of his highest rankings yet.
Gaunce, 22, just had his single most productive season in the AHL, reaching new heights offensively. Though Gaunce tallied a respectable 29 points in 74 games as a rookie, that production pales in comparison to last year's 38 points in 46 games -- especially when one considers the difficult circumstances, including a revolving door of linemates and intermittent trips to the NHL.
Those 46 points were good for third on the Comets, tied with Alexandre Grenier and Carter Bancks. If Gaunce were to play more games with the Comets, it's entirely likely that he leads the team in scoring last season. Perhaps more impressive though is Gaunce's gaudy 60% Goals For rate with the Comets; that mark would be impressive at any level.