Babych Please - June 20th, 2016

Grainne Downey
June 10 2016 03:00PM


The NHL season ends this week which means that the Canucks' summer is well underway. They're spending their time off admirably, though - meeting marine life, owning dogs, using Snapchat and more!

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2015 Canucks Young Stars Invitees: How'd their season go?

Ryan Biech
June 10 2016 01:00PM

With the NHL draft fast approaching, there should be no stone left unturned and that includes overage players. This past season, the Canucks only invited four players to Young Stars. All four players were undrafted, but were players that the Canucks may have had some interest in and were looking to have a bigger sample size to evaluate them.

Former Canucks Army writer and current Florida Panthers employee Josh Weissbock, looked at these players in early November, so I figured we should take a quick gander at their full seasons and see if they are worth possibly drafting or signing as free agents now that the season is over.

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Taylor Perry
June 10 2016 11:00AM

Between Milan Lucic and Andrew Ladd, we have already devoted a bit of space to potential B.C.-born free agents. Feel free to add another to the list: Vancouver’s own Troy Brouwer.

After a successful playoff where he recorded 8 goals and 13 points as the Blues made it to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001, Brouwer is poised to cash in come July 1st. In a TSN 1040 interview last week, he indicated that re-signing in St. Louis is his main focus. Given that St. Louis is a Stanley Cup contender, and could make another run in Ken Hitchcock’s final season behind the bench, it would be reasonable to assume that Brouwer is being entirely honest. That said, it is still absolutely within the realm of possibility that Brouwer makes it to the open market come Canada Day, and the interview hinted that he might be leaning towards that option. If that’s the case, there is a chance the Canucks may be interested. 

When questioned in that same interview about whether or not he would be interested in returning to his hometown, Brouwer called the opportunity “appealing.”

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #12 Jake Bean

Ryan Biech
June 10 2016 08:00AM

Jake Bean checks in as the 12th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings. 

Bean possesses a very tantalizing skill-set that every team should covet on their back-end. He skates extremely well, reads the play quickly, is lethal on the power play and unlike most offensive defenceman in junior, he can handle himself in his own zone.

It's amazing that he was never selected in the WHL Bantam Draft and will now likely be the only WHL defenceman to be selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 10 2016 05:00AM

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Ads on NHL jerseys, Stamkos to the Leafs heats up, Wings shouldn't pay to get rid of Datsyuk, Milan Lucic open to Western Canada, despite point totals Trouba getting better, Flames possibilities of picking 3rd, Oilers should consider trading Draisaitl, myths of winning in the West, 2016 NHL draft, free agent profiles and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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