May 22 2016 07:00AM
With a 6'5 frame and a decent skater, one can see why many scouts salivate at the idea of moulding Riley Tufte into a force in the NHL. However, there are some signs, like struggles in the USHL, that suggest despite a NHL frame Tufte may still be quite a ways away from being a sure thing.
May 21 2016 05:20PM
The Vancouver Canucks enter free agency with no shortage of cap space and holes to fill on their roster, so it's no surprise that they're expected to be one of the more active teams therein. Before they can steal other teams top talents, they'll have to decide what to do with their own. Namely, Dan Hamhuis.
After that is when things get interesting. Radim Vrbata is all but a certainty to leave for greener pastures. That leaves an opening on the wing and no shortage of options on the free market to plug it with. Milan Lucic, local hero and bully of a left winger if there ever was one, is the most mentioned of the lot. Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo aren't far behind in terms of interest.
All these options are just way too obvious, though. So, I figured I would trouble the Canucks Army staff for which under the radar free agents they would like to see the Canucks pursue in free agency on July 1st.
May 21 2016 08:00AM
We're nearing the end of our projections for the draft's second round, and today we have an intriguing prospect in Dillon Dubé. Dubé is a gritty, albeit undersized player that can play all three forward positions. He has flashes of skill but is likely to make himself known through his tenacity and work ethic.
Dubé emerged as one of the Kelowna Rockets' strongest players this year while they dealt with various injuries. He was a point per game player while being on the younger end of 2016 draft elgibles - projection models with smile upon him.
May 20 2016 01:00PM
You know the off-season is in full swing because Bo Horvat's frustration at the idea that a hot dog could be called a sandwich is one of the most thrilling things that happened this week. Read past the jump to catch up with Bo and some of his teammates who are playing in (and/or watching) the World Championships.
May 20 2016 11:28AM
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The 2016 Memorial Cup gets underway today, and is available for all interested fans to take in on Sportsnet. This four-team junior hockey tournament is a great way for fans to get that last bit of scouting done before the draft next month.
These teams, three of which are champions of their respective leagues (the final is a host team), are often powerhouses led by older players. Even so, there are usually some enticing draft eligible youngsters getting involved, and this year is no exception - even if most of the top end draft eligible talent plays for the same team.
Let's check out which players are available on each of the four Memorial Cup teams.