Thatcher Demko Named to "Hobey Baker Hat Trick" As Top 3 Finalist

Jeremy Davis
March 31 2016 12:15PM

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The accolades keep pouring in for Canucks goaltending prospect Thatcher Demko, as the 20-year old netminder was named today to the Hobey Baker Hat Trick as one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the NCAA's top player.

Demko's competition for the award includes Winnipeg prospect Kyle Connor and former Nashville prospect-turned-free agent Jimmy Vesey, both of whom have had outstanding seasons.

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What Role Have Injuries Played in the Canucks' Brutal Season?

Jeremy Davis
March 31 2016 09:00AM

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The Vancouver Canucks are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in their 45-year history, and while many are satisfied with the high draft pick that it will undoubtedly yield, others are looking for something to blame. So what about all those injuries?

The Canucks have spent large swaths of the season dealing with injuries to major parts of their lineup. How much are those injuries responsible for, and where could the Canucks be without them?

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How Jake Virtanen can become a more valuable player by being a more disciplined player

Thomas Drance
March 30 2016 04:36PM

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It was a senseless hit and a late one that earned Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen the first suspension of his NHL career.

Virtanen, 19, was standing in front of the Sharks net in a forechecking position when San Jose Sharks defender Roman Polak made sure to knock the young Canucks forward’s stick out of his hand. As play moved the other way, Virtanen lined up Polak. Several beats after the veteran Sharks defender completed an outlet pass, Virtanen delivered a late, reckless hit from Polak’s blindside.

Polak was down for an extended period of time, though he returned to the game. Virtanen meanwhile earned himself a major penalty, an ejection, a telephonic hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety and a two-game suspension.

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Jake Virtanen suspended two games for hit on Sharks Roman Polak

Ryan Biech
March 30 2016 02:06PM

It was announced by the NHL department of Player Safety that Canucks forward Jake Virtanen will be suspended for the next two games for a hit on Roman Polak during the second period of the Canucks and Sharks game on Tuesday night. During the game, Virtanen received a five minute major and a game misconduct for the play.

The full explanation can be found here:

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Utica Week in Review: March 21st - 27th

Jeremy Davis
March 30 2016 01:57PM

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The Comets have been doing a lot more sinking than swimming lately, but they did manage to scrounge a few points out of last week's trio of games. Saturday's blowout win over Binghamton ended a five-game losing streak and was just their second win in their last nine games. Meanwhile, Jonathan Drouin and a reinvigorated Syracuse Crunch are hot on their tail in the AHL standings.

The Comets have been suffering in the goals column lately, and a five goal performance on Saturday was a welcome development. Still, there isn't much to report in terms of Canucks prospect production. That said, they did get some contributions from a couple of new internal arrivals.

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