September 15 2011 04:22PM
Four of these Prospects will be in Canucks main camp opening on Saturday.
Early this afternoon the Canucks prospects closed up the young stars tournament with a shutout loss at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets. The tournament ran all week (from Sunday through the end of today's game) and though the quality of the hockey wasn't great, it was still fun to watch. Of course it was, it's hockey! The Red Wings have hosted a similar prospects style tournament for years - and based on the Canucks explicitly stated desire to emulate Detroit's success, and the success of the event in Penticton - we can expect the "Young Stars Tournament" to become a mainstay for years to come.
Today the Canucks gave their invitees one last shot to impress, so they were short the likes of Sweatt, Schroeder, Longpre and Sauve. The Jets on the other hand dressed the bulk of their talent. Klingberg, Schiefele and Shayne Wiebe were very impressive and dominated play all game. The Canucks were steeply outshot - especially in the first and second periods - and were only kept in the game thanks to the stellar play of Karel St. Laurent. St. Laurent has been solid all tournament, but today was his best game. The Jets managed two goals, and also hit a post, as St. Laurent stopped thirty-three shots - many of his saves coming off of quality opportunities.
September 15 2011 09:30AM
Everyone gets one!
Yes, thats right! You get a PTO Manny Legace, you too Owen Nolan, and you get a PTO Niko Dimitrakos and Anders Eriksson! *cue excited screams*
September 14 2011 08:35PM
He may not be the most photogenic prospect, but Adam Polasek made a good impression this evening.
With basically all of their name prospects (Schroeder, Sweatt, Anthony, Sauve, Erixon, Connauton) sitting out - a Canucks rookie squad composed mostly of undrafted invitees, late round picks and Anton Rodin put together the teams best performance so far in the Young-Stars tournament.
The unheralded group negated three one goal leads from the Sharks prospects before going up on a power-play goal late in the second period off of an Adam Polasek point-shot. They didn't look back. In the third period, the prospects were - *gasp* - really solid defensively, allowing only four shots in the frame.
September 14 2011 02:00PM
Pee Wee "Marchand" Herman got paid today. Photo via @cheekster82
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September 13 2011 12:59PM
EA Sports released their much anticipated NHL12 today. Reviews and reports of game play/mechanics have been trickling in on my twitetr feed today, some of which I have decided to share. Apparently EA has gotten quite clever with this iteration and the "Be a GM" game mode hides some rather idiosyncratic quirks and pitfalls.