August 30 2016 09:00AM
The only goalie to crack the Top 20 prospect list for the Canucks, Thatcher Demko, comes in ranked third in our consensus list.
After an extremely impressive NCAA career, the young netminder now turns his attention to Utica this fall, with hopes of translating his success at Boston College to the AHL. For Canucks fans who've been all too eager to catch a glimpse of their blue chip goaltender, that's a step in the right direction.
Demko's shown through his exceedingly strong development, tireless work ethic and intelligence that he's worth the fuss.
August 29 2016 11:00AM
We're another week closer to the pre-season, which is great because frankly, I'm running out of inane small talk to fill this space before I answer your questions.
I mean, some stuff happened. Nothing of real consequence, though. Brandon Pirri is off the market, having signed with the New York Rangers for one year at $1.1-million. That's a thing. I wouldn't have minded the Canucks taking a flyer on Pirri, but I'm not losing sleep over them not.
Oh well. You've got questions, I've got answers. You know the drill.
August 29 2016 09:00AM
There's so much I could say about Anton Rodin. I'm almost having a hard time figuring where to start. His development path has been an atypical one, to say the least. So much so, in fact, that it's debatable whether or not he even qualifies as a "prospect".
He'll turn 26 midway through the 2015-16 season, and should theoretically be in the prime of his career. He's still eligible for the Calder trophy, and he's still an unknown commodity, however, which made him a prime candidate for the top-end of our prospect rankings.
August 27 2016 04:01PM
With the World Cup of Hockey a month away, players have started to get back onto the ice after an off-season of mostly rehabilitation and training. The Canucks will have two players on Team Europe, as both Jannik Hansen and Luca Sbisa will be playing amongst their continental peers against the best players in the NHL.
Although he has had his fair share of inconsistencies in Vancouver, 26 year-old Luca Sbisa may be heavily relied upon by Team Europe's head coach, Ralph Krueger. Jannik Hansen, on the other hand, is fresh off a 22-goal season and Krueger expects him to be a solid, two-way player. The upcoming tournament will prepare both players for another season in Vancouver, as well as give fans sneak peek of what to expect out of their play going into the 2016-17 campaign.
August 26 2016 03:00PM
As we just watched the Canadian athletes take the country by storm during the Rio Games, and are awaiting the World Cup of Hockey starting in a short while in Toronto, it's hard not to think about the highly controversial topic that is the NHL at the Olympic games. It has become a staple every four years since 1998, when NHL players were first allowed to compete in the games. Are we ready to go back to a world where the NHLers simply carry on during the games and pretend it's not happening? I took the question to our staff of writers. More after the jump!