Draft Theory: Height matters, but maybe due to bias

Garret Hohl
February 10 2015 01:00PM

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Some of the gents over at Canucks Army have been doing an excellent job investigating trends in drafting and success. This analysis includes excellent articles on size having an impact on draft success looking at forwards (by Money Puck) and defensemen (by Josh Weissbock).

I've gotten my hands on some data, so I thought I throw my own analysis into the pile.

Let's take a glance at what some numbers say.

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 9th-7th

Josh W
February 10 2015 11:00AM

Here at Canucks Army, we love three things more than anything in the world: prospects, prospect rankings, and whining about prospect rankings.  Every summer we vote on and rank the top-20 Canucks prospects to take stock of what's in the system, and every summer we hear vocal complaints from our readers they disagree with our rankings.

So this year, in our mid-term ranking, we gave you the chance to vote on prospects and have a say on these players.  Since our summer rankings, we've simplified the definition of "prospect" to any player in the Vancouver Canucks' system that is eligible for the Calder Trophy if they were to play in the NHL this year.  This means that players like Linden Vey and Joacim Eriksson who were not rated over the summer will be covered in this series.

Without further adieu, here are the Canucks prospects that were rated 9th to 7th.

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Canucks GM Jim Benning admits Canucks 'would be interested, for sure' in Evander Kane

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 09:00AM

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning admitted on Monday that his club would have interest in bringing misfit Winnipeg Jets power forward, local kid and former Vancouver Giant Evander Kane home.

"We can't really talk about other teams players," Benning said during an appearance on TSN 1040 before proceeding to do just that. "But we would be interested for sure."

Well if that isn't a clear indication, what is?

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Canucks' Nick Bonino suffers apparent left foot injury vs. Wild

Thomas Drance
February 09 2015 10:38PM

It seems likely that the Vancouver Canucks will have to soldier on without the services of key second-line centreman Nick Bonino. 

Bonino sustained an apparent left foot injury while blocking a Ryan Suter one-timer in the second period of Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Read past the jump for more.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Minnesota Wildin'

J.D. Burke
February 09 2015 09:22PM

I've wasted no digital ink on this platform, or others for that matter, discussing the threat that the an upstart Minnesota Wild pose to Vancouver's playoff aspirations. By most underlying metrics, they are the better team. With the addition of Devan Dubnyk, they've addressed their Achilles heel. This in mind, the Canucks should have had no problem getting up for a contest against their playoff bubble Western counterparts. This is the home stretch and these are four-point games if there ever was such a thing. 

Instead Vancouver wandered aimlessly like lambs to the slaughter into tonight's contest. Defensively, the Canucks treated their structure as an afterthought. The two clubs traded chances early; Dubnyk was up to the task, Ryan Miller was not. This trend continued until Miller was relieved of his duty and the game was well out of reach. Eddie Lack did his best to stop the bleeding, keeping the Wild at five. The final score 5-3.

Lets find out where it all went wrong on the other side of the jump.

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