Benning's Year 1 Report Card - Part 3 - 2014 Draft Revisited

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June 19 2015 11:00AM

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In the first two parts of this series, I reviewed the trades and free agent signings made by Jim Benning in his first year running the Canucks front office. I first wrote about the 2014 draft last summer, but let's see how views have changed now that the prospects have another year of development under their belts.

Click past the jump for the third of a three part series grading Jim Benning's first season as Vancouver's general manager. 

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Utica Comets Deep Dive: Calder Cup, Round 3 - Grand Rapid Griffins

Josh W
June 19 2015 09:00AM

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Heading into the third round of the Calder Cup the Comets were looking to face their toughest opponents yet: The Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings).  In this series preview we had noted that while the Comets had the advantage in possession numbers, the Griffins had top end forwards that were due to regress, better special teams and the higher string of PDO so far. 

Similar to the last two rounds this match up basically went as predicted.  The Comets were the better team at even-strength but the Griffins were able to keep up with the Jonses thanks to their special teams.  Jacob Markstrom continued to stand strong as he ensured the Comets were able to win in a record of only 6 games.

Read past the jump to see what went down.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 19 2015 06:45AM


Oilers and Flames need help in the pipes, Cam Talbot, Eddie Lack, as many as 8 teams interested in Phil Kessel, top 5 trade destinations for Dion Phaneuf, McDavid, Kassian, Hudler, NHL buyout options, a great scrap, free agency, draft profiles and more in this week's Roundup

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #29 Jakub Zboril

Rhys Jessop
June 18 2015 05:30PM

While all the talk in this upcoming draft is centred around Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, 2015 could become the year of the defenseman given the huge crop of talented CHLers available. We've already profiled one Saint John Sea Dog in our countdown, and today we'll look at another: the aggressive and very well-rounded Czech import Jakub Zboril.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #30 Pavel Zacha

Rhys Jessop
June 18 2015 03:30PM

To be completely honest and up front, I think we've underrated Pavel Zacha fairly significantly. The massive Czech centreman fell well short of lofty expectations in his first full season in North America, but has still garnered enough recognition within the scouting community to get top-10 consideration in 2015.

Join us after the jump to explore one of 2014-15's biggest statistical disappointments that could still turn out to be very, very good.

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