August 11 2014 02:12PM
You can add another cook to the Canucks coaching kitchen, with the news that the team is bringing Perry Pearn into the mix as an assistant to Willie Desjardins' staff.
The term "Medicine Hat Gang" was coined by a season ticket holder during the summer summit a few weeks back, and it's looking awfully apt right now as this marks the 5th asset with a direct tie to the WHL squad that has been acquired by the team since proud Tigers alumnus Trevor Linden took over as President of Hockey Ops.
Coincidence or not, the hire seems to make sense on a few fronts, given that Pearn is a generally well-regarded member of the hockey community, and one that'll bring his fair share of experience to a staff that's rather green.
August 11 2014 10:09AM
Evaluating prospects is a rather tricky business, considering the inherent volatility that accompanies attempting to project how, what's still for all intents and purposes, a progressively developing young man will wind up turning out 4, 5, 6 years from now.
For an 18 or 19-year old kid, the fact of the matter is that there are so many obstacles and unforeseen circumstances that can sidetrack their career's along the way before they ever even truly get started. That's part of why any scout or talent evaluator that's worth a damn will tell you that they try to avoid overly committing to projections or comparisons, instead looking to establish a floor and ceiling that can be reasonably expected from said prospect.
This understanding neatly segues into a discussion about the player we had ranked as the 20th best prospect in the team's system this summer, specifically because of how little real data we have on him following just one season of action in North America. At the time, Anton Cederholm seemed like a fine enough player to take in the 5th round where there's minimal risk associated with the pick, but based on what we've seen thus far it appears his overall upside is rather limited.
August 08 2014 10:19AM
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August 08 2014 08:05AM
The Leafs are over the cap, the Oilers hire stats guy Tyler Dellow, Alabama hates Vancouver, who makes the Flames and more in this week's Roundup.
August 06 2014 11:46AM
We've spent a lot of time on this platform this summer evaluating the return the Vancouver Canucks managed to muster for Ryan Kesler the day of the draft. Well, that's not entirely true. We've discussed Nick Bonino ad nauseam and we've been enlightened on Jared McCann, but there's another piece of the package that has been somewhat swept under the rug.
That's Luca Sbisa, who has largely become an afterthought despite having been quite highly regarded not all that long ago. After all, he was once a 1st round pick that was moved as a key piece in a Chris Pronger trade from the Ducks to the Flyers. The difference is that back then he was still considered a blue chip prospect with skating, size, and the ability to move the puck effectively; all of which led people to project him as a top-4 defenseman.
Obviously things didn't work out that way for him in Anaheim, but we've seen many an instance of a prospect taking time to develop and not making good until his 2nd or 3rd stop in the league in the past. Does Sbisa have that potential, and what can the Canucks expect out of him this coming season?
Read on for more.