Why undrafted free agent Ashton Sautner is an intriguing gamble for the Canucks

Rhys Jessop
March 14 2015 02:30PM

On Friday evening, the Canucks unexpectedly dipped into the CHL free agent pool, landing Edmonton Oil Kings captain and second leading defensive scorer Ashton Sautner to a three-year entry level contract. 

Sautner, 20, was a major contributor to Edmonton's Memorial Cup run last season, playing a top-four role on the best puck possession team in the entire CHL, and now has two consecutive very strong WHL seasons under his belt.

Still, Sautner is an over-age player this season, and we know that 20-year olds playing in a teenager's league generally look better than they actually turn out to be, so he's an interesting gamble for Jim Benning to make.

So what do the Canucks have in Sautner? Read past the jump to find out.

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March 14 2015 01:18PM

There aren't a ton of games to really get up for lately in Vancouver, but anytime the grammatically incorrect Leafs roll into town it's must see TV. I personally will have my "Leafs Suck" button on as I cheer on Vancouver and so help me if the basement dwelling buds don't disappoint.

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March 14 2015 12:00PM

There are several high quality defensemen available in the 2015 draft but there's a range of opinion about the 'best available' at the position. Noah Hanifin remains the likely 'first defenseman off the board' but the Russian Prokorov has a lot of momentum as we head toward spring. The other name you hear about in the range of the top five overall? Zach Werenski.

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Six Player to Watch in the 2016 CHL Top Prospects Game

Rhys Jessop
March 14 2015 09:00AM

Yesterday afternoon, the CHL announced that the 2016 CHL top prospects game had been awarded to Vancouver, meaning that all the best and brightest first-time draft eligible stars will gather at the Pacific Coliseum on January 28th for the CHL's draft eligible version of an all-star game.

This will be the first time that Vancouver has hosted the event since then Vancouver Giants superstar Gilbert Brule scored a hat-trick and added an assist on his home ice to earn prospects game MVP honours. This time around, Vancouver Giants star-in-the-making Tyler Benson will take centre stage, but will face some stiff competition from his fellow 2016 draft eligible peers.

So just who should we be looking out for? Which current 16-year olds stand the best chance at starring in the NHL in the not-too-distant future? We'll take a look at six budding stars after the jump.

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Nation World HQ
March 14 2015 08:00AM


In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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