Why Bo Horvat will be in tough to replace what Brad Richardson brought to the Canucks penalty kill

Thomas Drance
June 13 2015 09:00AM

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It seems likely that the Vancouver Canucks will be moving on without pending unrestricted free agent Brad Richardson.

Though Canucks general manager Jim Benning recently suggested that he's still in touch with Richardson's agent (Mark Guy of Newport Sports) and hasn't given up on bringing the penalty killing ace back for next season, the club is dealing with a significant cap crunch. It's probable that the club will have to replace Richardson's quiet, useful contributions internally.

Luckily there's a tailor made in-house replacement available to the Canucks in 20-year-old pivot Bo Horvat. Horvat has serious defensive chops, and his play driving ability came on in a major way towards the latter half of his rookie campaign. When it comes to stepping into Richardson's skates at 5-on-5, Horvat is a good bet, and might even be an upgrade. It's a different story shorthanded though...

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Comets pushed to the brink by Monarchs in 6-3 blowout loss

Thomas Drance
June 12 2015 08:33PM

The Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate the Utica Comets have been a sturdy puck possession team that was able to count on stellar goaltending all season long. Then Friday night happened.

Playing in a high leverage Game 4 of their Calder Cup Final series against the Manchester Monarchs with a chance to even the series 2-2,, Utica came unravelled. The Comets fell behind early, with the Monarchs pouncing on two ugly giveaways to score two quick first period goals. Though the Comets were able to level the score before the period ended, they were throttled in the first frame. It was a sign of things to come.

In the second period the Comets surrendered two power-play goals, then goaltender Jacob Markstrom permitted an unscreened rush wrist shot goal with just seconds left on the clock to cement Utica's defeat - and a 3-1 series deficit.

Read on after the jump.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #43 Yakov Trenin

Josh W
June 12 2015 03:00PM

Yakov Trenin was a player I’ve noticed early on this season as he was a big Russian kid playing for my local Gatineau Olympiques.  He’s had an excellent season emerging as one of the best players on one of the better possession teams in the league.  Despite the love that he has received from his underlying numbers, the scouts don’t quite see the same about him.

Continue past the jump as we move along with our prospect series to see how Yakov Trenin stacks up and what he needs to do in order to make that next jump.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #44 Dennis Yan

Garret Hohl
June 12 2015 01:00PM

Dennis Yan is not the best draft eligible player. Heck, he's not even the best on his team (that would be Anthony Beauvillier). Still, Yan is a pretty damn good player.

While his average ranking of the major third party draft resources have him sitting in the low-fifties, the numbers hint that their may be some under appreciated value with Yan.

As an American born player who carries a dual citizenship and a Russian passport, Yan may be one of the most interesting players many slate to go in the late second round.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #45 Jacob Larsson

Rhys Jessop
June 12 2015 11:00AM

With the obvious top-ranked prospect out of the way yesterday, we can now turn our attention to our top-45 prospect countdown for the upcoming entry draft. We start our ranking by profiling our consensus 45th ranked prospect for this season: slick puck moving defender Jacob Larsson.

Join us after the jump to learn about the player that some consider Sweden's best prospect for this month's draft.

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