September 04 2014 11:19AM
It can understandably be easy to sometimes lose sight of it given how long he has been on the radar now and the type of stoic demeanor he exudes, but Frank(ie) Corrado is still just a 21-year old kid who only recently completed his first season as a pro.
Ever since the team took him 150th overall back in the 2011 draft - which is looking like a rather successful class at this point with the likes of Corrado, Jensen, Grenier, LaBate, and Tommernes all having been added to the system - his star has been rapidly rising as he has moved up the ranks.
After mastering the Major Junior circuit by the time his 4 years on the scene were up, Corrado expectedly hit the occasional divot in the road this past season as he made the transition to a full-time gig in the pros. His situation, which we'll get to shortly, assuredly didn't help smoothen out the process for him, either.
Still, we evidently collectively remain quite high on him seeing as we've ranked him as the top defense prospect in the team's system for the second straight summer.
September 03 2014 09:13AM
The 2013-14 season was one of immense extremes for Nicklas Jensen, whose true talent is almost assuredly somewhere smack-dab in the middle of the two polar opposites his play showed over the course of the campaign.
Generally speaking most young players tend to carry with them an "inconsistent" label as they acclimatize and work their way up the ranks. Jensen wasn't able to elude it himself, but much of that traces back to a combination of a preseason injury and some dubiously fluctuating percentages, moreso than anything resembling a legitimately worrisome individual trend.
September 02 2014 10:25AM
Honesty, the best medicine, is how we open up our profile of Jared McCann.
When the Canucks took McCann 24th overall back in this past June's draft, myself - and without putting words in their mouth's, my peers on this platform - weren't exactly the biggest fans of the selection. The thinking initially was that it eerily reeked of a typically "safe" Canucks pick.
After all, we're talking about a franchise here that has managed to write itself a long and storied history over the last decade-plus of settling for players who should theoretically play in the National Hockey League, but realistically have a limited likelihood of ever actually blowing us out of the water and becoming impactful assets. The reservation and apprehension were duly justified in that regard.
But a few months have since passed, and there has been something of a recalibration that has taken place. There's no shame in changing your tune as new information makes itself available, moulding your thought process accordingly. That's where we're at right now with Jared McCann.
Nation World HQ
September 01 2014 12:00PM
This guide is an overview for the media and newcomers to the NHL's advanced (or "fancy") stats. It includes definitions of the key advanced stats concepts, plus an FAQ to clarify some of the typical inquiries about these measures. It is not to meant to be completely comprehensive; only a useful introduction to possession-based analysis.
August 29 2014 12:01PM
Just one summer removed from being controversially named CanucksArmy's top Vancouver Canucks prospect, 2012 first round pick Brendan Gaunce has seen his stock plummet and is ranked at #7 this time around.
In my view, Gaunce's stock isn't down as much as his slide down our rankings might suggest. Bear in mind though, I say that because his stock shouldn't have been high enough to place him at number one in the first place. I had Gaunce at number three last year, and I had him at number six this time around - which isn't a huge fall considering that the Canucks have drafted twice in the top-10 at the past two NHL Entry Drafts.
Meta-commentary that quibbles about Gaunce's place in our prospects list is so last August though. While Gaunce's slide down our list probably overstates the extent to which his development has flat-lined, It's probably fair to say that the sturdy two-way forward's development and production have not come along as hoped since his draft year. Still, it's not all doom and gloom here, Gaunce has scored 30 goals in each of his previous two OHL seasons, he's still just 20-years-old, and he's only just about to turn professional.