April 11 2014 11:10AM
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With the Vancouver Canucks officially eliminated from playoff contention fans are starting to look to the future. With what's looking like what will be a decent draft position the Canucks are setting themselves up nicely to complement the batch of youngsters they brought into the mix last year.
While the big club won't be in the playoffs, so of those aforementioned prospects are in their respective leagues, and as a result we've still got plenty to discuss in our Weekly Prospect Report. The Utica Comets are still scrapping for a late playoff berth, and in the Major Junior ranks there are 6 guys currently competing in the 2nd round. Meanwhile, the NCAA teams have wrapped up their seaons but over in Europe Kenins and Zurich may be making the National League A final.
As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects for the latest in news on this front. You're more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.
April 11 2014 12:19AM
"My god, it's worse than I thought..."
After the fireworks on Wednesday, it was time to get the Second Trevor Linden era underway. The Canucks clearly aren't in win mode anymore, as the team sat Jason Garrison and Eddie Lack in favour of Frank Corrado and *gasp* Jakob Markstrom, and responded in turn with another loss, their 34th of the season. Fortunately, piling up the losses is probably good for the long-term health of this franchise as every point in the standings avoided brings Vancouver closer to a potential future top-6 centre.
So in the grand scheme of things, Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche isn't the worst thing that could have happened. Read past the jump for more.
April 10 2014 01:30PM
To steal the words of a wise, well-spoken man -- "Wow, what a few days."
Since the last time the Vancouver Canucks hit the ice for a game there have been some substantial off-ice changes made, as I'm sure you've heard. And while there will unquestionably be more where that came from in the coming months, there are still 3 more games to be drawn out of this godforsaken '13-'14 schedule. While it would certainly behoove them to lose their final couple contests, I'd imagine that the organization would like to do so in a less embarrassing fashion than they did the other night.
I'm sure we won't hear a single comparison made over the course of tonight's game between what the Avs did by bringing in Joe Sakic last summer, and what the Canucks did yesterday. Nope, nary a reference.
April 10 2014 10:13AM
Part of me wonders attributing which recent Vancouver Canucks misjudgments to ownership rather than management would prompt receiving a letter from Francesco Aquilini. One thing I'm quite confident ownership had no control over was the Canucks' brutal draft record from 2008 to present. Of the 37 young men selected by the Canucks during Mike Gillis' tenure, only one has made the Canucks in a regular capacity, being Jordan Schroeder, and even then it's debatable.
I can kind of give credit to Gillis for attempting to think outside the box and draft older, more developed prospects, but that strategy turned out to not be a calculated move structured at replenishing the minor league rosters more quickly; all it wound up doing was taking away lottery tickets for the Canucks to hit on some 5th or 6th rounder that hit a development spurt midway through his 18th year.
But there's one pool that Gillis failed to consider, one that I think was a big downfall of his as general manager and no, it isn't the Vancouver Giants.
April 09 2014 01:38PM
The Vancouver Canucks formally announced that they'd be bringing in one of the most beloved player's in the franchise's history to help play a part in putting together what's suddenly a broken organization.
In doing so they held a press conference with Trevor Linden and Francesco Aquilini fielding some questions from the media members in attendance. While we didn't exactly learn much more than we already knew heading in, unsurprisingly, there were a few things brought up which are worth expanding on.
And so we will, pivoting off of the choice quotes conveniently transcribed by Thomas Drance. We'd now like to take the opportunity to thank him for his years of service.