October 19 2014 02:00PM
Courtesy of UticaComets.com
On Sunday, October 12th, I was in Toronto and was able to be granted Media Access to the Toronto Marlies game where I was able to scout the Comets play their second regular season game (Quick shout out to the Marlies for being very east to work with!). I was joined by a number of other people from Hockey Twitter including Jeff Veillette from the Leafs Nation, Timo Seppa and Ryan Wagman of Hockey Prospectus, and Gus Katsaros from McKeen’s hockey.
I was able to get a bit of scouting coaching from Gus Katsaros who taught me a few things to look out for.
I also learned a few of his opinions on Canuck’s prospects which include:
- Frank Corrado: a very intelligent player who is always working on things in the warm up, primarily his skating technique, stop/starts, quick cuts and directional changes, shows he knows to use his limited ice time to work on deficiencies.
- Hunter Shinkaruk: Seemed very keen on this player, has skills that translate well to the NHL, with solid footwork and pace.
- Nicklas Jensen: has lots of good attributes, particularly skating and solid footwork, but needs to work on his stick handling and some puck skills where his hands catch up with his feet
- Brendan Gaunce: likely to be a utility player in the NHL.
Here’s what I took away from this game:
October 19 2014 11:30AM
Welcome to the Sunday Morning Mailbag; a feature we'll be running throughout the season where you send us questions and we answer them. Easy!
This week, we'll be outlining how this feature is going to work, and how you can get your questions answered. Read past the jump.
October 19 2014 12:51AM
It's official: Canucks' sellout streak ends at 474 games with less-than-capacity crowd vs. Lightning. http://t.co/opDQ3WEK4x— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) October 19, 2014
The Canucks already saw their sellout streak at home spoiled, but they entered tonight undefeated to start the season. On the second night of back-to-backs, facing a team that doesn't hail from Alberta, it's fair to say the Canucks faced their first real challenge of the young 2013-14 campaign.
Tampa Bay with their lengthy list of B.C. born talent - including a very upset Jason Garrison - came to town with hopes of improving upon their 2-1-1 start to the season. The Lightning are the subject of much adulation from pundits everywhere and are generally expected to compete for the Eastern Conference title. With their high-octane offence in tow, they aimed to showcase they were better than their record. A step was taken in the right direction tonight, at the expense of our beloved Canucks.
More on the other side of the jump!
October 18 2014 05:00PM
In years past, tonight's showdown against Steven Stamkos and the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning would have been one of the marquee games on the Canucks' schedule and the hottest ticket in town. It's a sign of the times then - an alarming one at that, if you're involved with the Canucks' business operations - when the team can't sell every ticket in the house to see one of the genuinely most exciting young teams in the NHL with legitimate superstar talent.
And oh yeah, about that superstar talent. The Bolts are looking pretty damn good this year too. Read past the jump for more.
October 18 2014 02:45PM
I've come to the sudden realization that writing fun, weekly wrap-ups of Canucks hockey is probably easier when the schedule does not consist solely of 2 games against the Edmonton Oilers. But if Dan Hamhuis can return after bleeding as much blood as he did on Friday night, I can at least try.