December 18 2012 11:40AM
In the past few weeks, Jeff Angus has done an admirable job of revisiting the Canucks prospect rankings which we published all the way back in the summer. The importance of sample size cannot be overstated - especially with young players, who are notoriously inconsistent - which means that we'd need to see more than 4 months of hockey to make any sort of substantial shifts in the way we view the prospects. But it's always fun to look back and touch base, to see how things are preliminarily shaking out.
Throughout these past few months, I feel as if we have done an adequate job of keeping our readers in the loop as it relates to Canucks prospects, and their AHL affiliate. We have done Chicago Wolves game recaps, with a specific focus on the players that could play an important role on the Canucks in the near future. We have been all over the rising star that is Frank(ie?) Corrado, and his involvement with the Subway Super Series and Canadian World Junior Championship team.
All of those things are close to home, and we're constantly reminded of them. Someone who may not necessarily be on your mind, but should, is prolific left winger Nicklas Jensen. Sometimes it's easy to forget about him - out of sight, out of mind, right? - given that he's playing in an overseas league (that isn't the suddenly booming KHL). But he was ranked 3rd in our Top 20, and friend of the blog Corey Pronman slotted him in as the 3rd best under-22 player in the Canucks organization. He is highly regarded, and his play thus far this season warrants further discussion.
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December 18 2012 09:04AM
There's a great scene from HBO's The Wire in which Roland "Prezbo" Pryzbylewski is sitting in his living room watching a football game on television. His wife asks him who's winning, to which he replies:
December 16 2012 11:23AM
The lockout keeps rolling on, but that doesn't mean we lacked for quality content this week. We had another entry in our "Worst to First" jerseys series, talked about the frightening salary cap situation for a bunch of teams, looked at how forward usage by NHL coaches has evolved over the last few seasons, talked about the World Juniors and buyouts, the lockout and the league's very best prospect, as well as half a dozen things I'm not even mentioning.
More after the jump!
December 15 2012 08:58PM
Throwing those teddy bears was fun. But now someone has to pick them up.
I think it would be fair to say that the most recent Chicago Wolves game recap I did prior to this one - which was back on December 7th, in case you missed it - marked rock bottom for the Canucks' AHL affiliate. They had just submitted a dismal effort on their home ice, falling to 9-9-3 on the year.
I noted that Scott Arniel had to have been feeling the pressure at that point. He couldn't afford to see his team put forth too many more performances in the vein of the one against Grand Rapids. What followed was a players-only meeting prior to the tilt against Rockford, and two impressive wins where the Wolves put their cojones on display. Apparently they had seen enough of the lackluster play, too.
They moved their win streak to three games on Saturday night, with a hard-fought victory against a game Lake Erie squad.
Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.
December 14 2012 02:47PM
After two goals and a fight against Hamilton, did Darren Archibald go get himself a beer?
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
In a middling season, are the Chicago Wolves' fortunes about to swing back up? The Canucks' minor leaguers opened the year with four straight wins, but until last night's win over Hamilton, they hadn't won two successive games since that ferocious opening.
Powered by two well-taken goals by Darren Archibald - plus a fight from the big winger - the Wolves controlled the game nearly to the end. A pair of late goals from the Bulldogs made it close on the scoreboard (4-3), but it was an impressive performance by a Wolves squad that hasn't had many impressive performances this year.
More on Darren Archibald after the jump. (Oh, and yes, on the rest of the team, too.)