August 21 2013 07:47PM
I have some thoughts on this uneven spot of Vancouver professional sports franchise #shapheat, and the awful timing of the exchange from a Canucks perspective. I'll share them with you after the jump.
August 21 2013 12:13PM
As Allan Tung notes over at Fansided's The Canuck Way, Jordan Schroeder is eligible for waivers this upcoming season. Last year Schroeder was up and down between Vancouver and Chicago, but it's unlikely there will be any flights to Utica in his future—and not just because there are no flights from Vancouver to Utica offered by any airline.
This throws a small wrench into the situation of what to do about the Canucks' 13th forward. Schroeder borders on being a "ANHL" player, equivalent to baseball's AAAA, a player deemed to be a star in the minors but not quite there at the top level. Since he'll be just 23 at the start of the season, it's unlikely that the Canucks will leave him open to the waiver wire.
August 21 2013 10:46AM
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Regular readers of this site are already quite familiar with the prospect we're profiling today, as he has been written about in-depth on numerous occasions. When Jeff Angus agreed to be a writer on this platform, he had a clause put into his contract that stipulated that there would need to be in excess of 3.5 LaBate-centric posts a year. Let's just say that thus far he has delivered, and then some.
LaBate, the big centre set to enter his Junior season at Wisconsin, came in at number 8 on this list last year. While conventional wisdom would indicate that he took somewhat of a lateral step this past season - since he hasn't technically moved up or down our rankings - I'd say that his 2012-13 campaign helped reassert the idea that his future is a positive one.
Read on past the jump for more on the former 4th round pick.
August 20 2013 09:57AM
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Henrik Tommernes isn’t your typical prospect. For one, he turned 23 this past summer, making him significantly older than most players on this list. And for two, he has five years of experience playing in a professional hockey league.
Tommernes didn’t crack our top 20 last year (in what could be seen as a slight oversight), but he places in the top 10 this year for a few reasons.
Read on to find out what they are.
August 19 2013 01:43PM
Occasional provider of useful information Steve Simmons wrote about reasons Mikhail Grabovski was not signed early on in the free agency period. It may be wise to hit "CTRL+F" to find your way down to the relevant section, especially if you're feeling a tad nauseous, dehydrated, and would like to keep your lunch in your belly:
The reason Mikhail Grabovski remains unsigned: According to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and too much term in the early days of free agency.
“He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”
Now he’s unlikely to end up with either large money or long term. Although there are questions other than money about Grabovski that have been pondered in this strange hockey summer.