June 17 2015 10:00AM
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The Vancouver Canucks ranked 28th in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage last season, which is to say that the club wasn't very good at all at winning draws.
When the best faceoff man on your team is a 19-year-old, that's generally a problem.
Faceoff wins aren't the be all and end all in hockey, and their impact is often overstated. Still you'd like to start with the puck more often than not, and this is an area where the Canucks might reasonably target a player that can help them this summer.
Let's look at some relatively affordable options that are primed to be available in unrestricted free agency.
June 16 2015 05:00PM
Though Ivan Provorov and 2017-eligible Nolan Patrick may be the jewel in scouts' eyes when watching the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Wheaties other first time draft eligible top pairing defender is a damn good prospect in his own right. Calm and collected, Ryan Pilon (pronounced "PEE-lawn," not "pylon") is an adept puck mover and smooth skater, and a major part of one of the CHL's top teams from the 2014-15 season.
Join us after the jump as we profile the first of many highly touted players scheduled to be coming out of Brandon the next few years.
June 16 2015 03:00PM
Though one of his teammates is also very highly touted going in to this entry draft, Brock Boeser is considered one of the USHL's very best prospects this season. The hard-working winger possesses a full toolkit of offensive skills and can score goals any way you want him to.
Continue past the jump to learn about one of the best available American prospects in 2015.
June 16 2015 01:00PM
Vince Dunn was one of the better offensive defensemen in the OHL this season, and his draft stock has been rising significantly over the course of the season as a result.
Continue past the jump for his breakdown.
June 16 2015 11:00AM
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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
Almost every postseason there arises an unlikely hero from the middle of a team's roster to make headlines. And any time that player is a pending free agent, teams line up to pay that him too much money as a result. Call it the Bickell effect.
This year, that player is Matt Beleskey. The Ducks 27-year old winger has been a run-of-the-mill NHL forward for years, but his 8-goal in 16-games playoff performance combined with his size (6', 205 pounds) has him on a lot of GM's radars heading into July. Just to make his agent even happier, Beleskey also put up the best regular season of his NHL career, managing 22-goals and 32-points. His underlying numbers, however, tell a much more complicated story than his counting stats.