June 26 2014 10:52AM
Zach Parise hasn't aged a day since 2003. Dustin Brown on the other hand was drafted at 13 years old.
So the 2014 NHL entry draft is just around the corner. NHL teams are assembling en masse in Philadelphia as we speak to prepare for the first day of the rest of their franchises' lives. Games have been watched, interviews have been conducted, numbers have been analyzed, and (as fans, we hope) that all the groundwork has been done to ensure that our favourite team comes away with a draft choice that sets themselves up for plenty of success in the future.
Of course, we know that this isn't the case. Someone is going to blow it. Someone is going to make a draft choice that everyone will look at in 5 years down the road and point and laugh at and say "HA! Can you believe the Rangers took Hugh freaking Jessiman instead of Ryan Getzlaf!?"
We just don't know who this someone will be. Yet. With hindsight being what it is, it almost makes you wonder if a potato could do better than some teams. I mean, just ask Oilers fans about the Kevin Prendergast years, or Leafs fans about any of the years. They're sure to tell you that, "no way man, my team is really the worst."
So here at Canucks Army, we decided that hey, why not take turns putting a potato named Sham Sharron in charge of amateur scouting for every NHL team in the league and see what happens? Well, as it turns out, Sham Sharron isn't half bad. But would Sham really be an upgrade for your team? Will he leave you crying bitter tears at the thought of the guys that your team should have drafted? Or will Sham have you thankful that your team's scouting staff is actually better at identifying hockey talent than an inanimate foodstuff? You'll have to read past the jump to find out.
June 25 2014 07:43AM
The funniest thing to come out of the Draft Combine was the news that Sam Bennett couldn't do a single pull-up. Behind him in the above photo are scouts who have a) can probably not do a pull-up either and b) didn't score nearly two points per game in the OHL during their draft seasons. I don't know why it is scouts even have prospects do pull-ups as part of their physical evaluations, but I really, really hope that at least one team passes on him because of it, and then Bennett scores a hat-trick on them when he's still on his entry-level deal.
June 24 2014 02:24PM
Knowing full well that circulating rumours regarding Ryan Kesler's future would be something that dominated the discussion on this platform until the situation was finally resolved, we set up a poll for our readers to vote on what they'd like all related content to be filed under.
Showing a good sense of humour, "Strombabble" was the early runaway leader, so we rolled with it. Then "Ryannuendo" leapfrogged it, so we adjusted. Well, now a third option - "The RKives" - have taken a stranglehold of the vote, and we're reaching the point where this is getting silly.
Which is the picture perfect segue to the latest in Ryan Kesler trade rumours, which have been fluid to say the least. By the time the day transitions tonight this particular line of thinking could become outdated, but for now, there's a working assumption that Kesler's list of teams he'd accept a trade to has been whittled all the way down to just two. Oy vey.
June 24 2014 01:01PM
What follows is a guest post written by @bryan_nikkel and @moneypuck_ on the subject of how playing for an excellent team in the CHL impacts player production, which in turn impacts how teams and scouts value draft eligible players. Are there any hidden gems leading the attack with little help for overmatched CHL teams whom the Canucks might target with the second round pick?
June 24 2014 10:31AM
The scenarios I'm devising to which William Nylander falls to the Vancouver Canucks are much like an England fan devises ways the Three Lions could advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing both their first two games.
"Well, you get the two Sams off the board, and also Aaron Ekblad, maybe Florida take him? And maybe the Oilers reach on a defenceman like Haydn Fleury, and, uh, Brian Burke likes Nick Ritchie, yes? There!"
It's a wildly plausible scenario and not at all likely to result in heartbreak. Nylander is our third-ranked prospect, but probably the most exciting player in the draft.