March 26 2016 03:52PM
Here at Canucks Army, we have an unhealthy obsession with hockey prospects, both undrafted and those already in the system. Never in the seven year history of this website has that obsession been more important than it is now, as the Canucks are entrenched in a rebuild, and prospects are their only hope for the future.
As was the case with our Preseason Prospect Rankings, this set was created by consensus from nearly a dozen Canucks Army writers and contributors. The parameters are simple: the qualify for the rankings, the prospect must be eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy (aka, must be a rookie) next season. That means that Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann, and Ben Hutton are out. They are no longer considered prospects by this measure, as they have graduated to full time NHLers.
Rather than publishing individual articles for each prospect like we did in the summer (and will do again for the next preseason rankings), these are split into sections, like last year's midterm rankings. Finally, we've reached the top two prospects in the organizations, and there are no surprises here.
March 25 2016 08:57PM
I don't even know what to say anymore. How many different ways can I say "the Canucks were listless and didn't score"? It's as exasperating as it is exhausting on my level of creativity.
Another game though and another Canucks shutout. That's the fourth of its kind in five games and a seventh straight loss, not that anyone's keeping track. It wouldn't be so painful if I could tell you it was percentage driven. Oh, how I'd love to be able to say this is a mirage. I just can't, though. It would be damn irresponsible. A team has to get to the home-plate area before I reach that deep into my chest of excuses - as you might imagine, it's overflowing at this stage of the season.
For the second time in less than a week, the Canucks held Brian Elliot's hand all the way to an effortless shutout. They didn't challenge the Blues. Not in any meaningful way. Don't believe me? Let the shot totals take it away. The Blues more than doubled the Canucks, with 37 shots to their 15. The game, well, that was a foregone conclusion before puck-drop. The score itself, 4-0 for the St. Louis Blues.
I can handle losing. It's a means to an end. We all knew it was coming. Hell, we all wanted it. I can't handle efforts like these and the decisions that built the roster responsible for them. People say the rebuild hasn't begun yet. How bad is this team when it does in earnest?
March 25 2016 05:25PM
The Vancouver Canucks culled the herd today, reassigning Alexandre Grenier to the Utica Comets of the AHL. Grenier was serving his second tour of duty with the Canucks, having been recalled on March 14th for the second time this season.
March 25 2016 03:02PM
The Canucks may not have a lot going for them now, but if you're paying close enough attention you might notice the glimpses into what just might be a bright future.
Nine players have suited up in their first NHL game this season. That's no small feat. An encouraging sign in a season otherwise lacking. There have been growing pains. The Canucks have, when I last checked, the fewest wins in the league. That's to be expected, though.
Since Vancouver's youth movement is the talk of the town, I thought I'd bring the conversation to the halls of Canucks Army. So, I asked the writers of Canucks Army which player they've been most impressed with.
March 25 2016 01:00PM
The Canucks were so close to actually winning a game, a game they scored goals in and then inevitability happened. The loss came and the plane wheels went up and on to the Blues. It's Friday night hockey and there has to be a stop to the madness, this MARCH MADNESS!!! That Nikita Tryamkin guy is really fitting in and we might just have ourselves something here.
The Canucks and the Blues....and potentialy continued sadness. Tune in won't you?
TV: SNET-P (ALL OF EM IF YOU'RE OUT EAST)
RADIO: TSN 1040
PUCK DROP: 5:00 PM