Comets Drop Deciding Game 5; Close Fantastic Season with Disappointing Loss

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 08:23PM

One final salute.

A video posted by Utica Comets (@uticacomets) on

For the Vancouver Canucks organization, the 2014-2015 season is now completely over and done with. 

After getting blown out 6-3 at home in a critical game 4, the Calder Cup was in the building as the Comets needed to win tonight to send the series back to Manchester. Unfortunately, they fell behind early in the first period and weren't able to crack Monarchs goalie Patrik Bartosak until the last fifteen seconds of the third, losing the deciding game 5 on home ice by a 2-1 score.

It was a disappointing end to what was an otherwise fantastic season for Vancouver's farm club.

Read Article | 16 Comments

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #40 Paul Bittner

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 04:56PM

From a couple of Finns flying under the radar, we go to a pretty well-known WHL kid in our #40 profile: towering Portland Winterhawks winger Paul Bittner. We've covered Bittner at Canucks Army before, and admittedly, it hasn't been an overly glowing evaluation. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a very good prospect with a lot to like his game.

There's a place in the draft where Bittner will likely be the best bet left on the draft board, and we think that place will be somewhere in the early to mid second round.

Read Article | 3 Comments

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #41 Veeti Vainio

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 01:56PM

I don't blame you if you've never heard of Veeti Vainio, as the lanky Finnish defender is currently flying way under the radar. Defensive issues and questions about his overall game have kept him well down many draft lists, but elite level production in Finland's top junior league has vaulted him rather high on ours. Quite simply, he's a point producing monster on the blueline for one of Finland's best U-20 teams.

Join us after the break as we take a look at the 2015 draft's biggest statistical sleeper.

Read Article | 1 Comments

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #42 Roope Hintz

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 11:00AM

We continue our top-45 prospect countdown today by profiling the guy with undoubtedly the best hair in the draft: lanky Finnish forward Roope Hintz. The industry may be hot-and-cold on Hintz, but after a strong World Junior performance this past January and a very impressive 17-year old season in Finland's top professional league, we have him rated in the first half of the second round.

Join us after the jump to look at one of this draft's potential biggest sleeper picks.

Read Article | 0 Comments

Why Bo Horvat will be in tough to replace what Brad Richardson brought to the Canucks penalty kill

Thomas Drance
June 13 2015 09:00AM

Photo Credit: Winslow Townson / USA TODAY Sports

It seems likely that the Vancouver Canucks will be moving on without pending unrestricted free agent Brad Richardson.

Though Canucks general manager Jim Benning recently suggested that he's still in touch with Richardson's agent (Mark Guy of Newport Sports) and hasn't given up on bringing the penalty killing ace back for next season, the club is dealing with a significant cap crunch. It's probable that the club will have to replace Richardson's quiet, useful contributions internally.

Luckily there's a tailor made in-house replacement available to the Canucks in 20-year-old pivot Bo Horvat. Horvat has serious defensive chops, and his play driving ability came on in a major way towards the latter half of his rookie campaign. When it comes to stepping into Richardson's skates at 5-on-5, Horvat is a good bet, and might even be an upgrade. It's a different story shorthanded though...

Read Article | 5 Comments