August 11 2011 12:10PM
Jonathan Iilahti played some stellar hockey at the international junior level last year.
Will it carry over to the WHL and the Vancouver Giants?
(Photo courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Being a goaltender in the Vancouver Canucks system must be a curious and interesting phenomenom these days. For starters, Vancouver has long been known as a goalie graveyard, a place where very few goaltenders have succeeded and a place where fans find every single opportunity to rip their netminders to shreds. Then there's the fact that the Canucks currently have Roberto Luongo signed until he's 700 years old, and have a serious trade chip in backup goalie Cory Schneider.
So what does the future look like for young Finnish goaltender and Canucks prospect Jonathan Iilahti?
August 11 2011 08:50AM
This photo is from Oct 28, 2008. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.
It looks like it could have been taken in June 2011.
(Photo courtesy NHLI/Getty Images)
Canucks Army continues a series where we look at the depth at each position for the Vancouver Canucks.
In our third installment of our series, we look at the Canucks depth at RIGHT WING.
August 10 2011 03:27PM
Mid-Day Headshots is a CanucksArmy feature where we round up today's freshest Canucks news including funny gifs, awesome videos, cool photos and interesting links. If you've written a Canucks blog-post and want it to be featured here, e-mail me at email@example.com.
August 10 2011 02:23PM
On the day of the 2010 NHL draft, the Canucks, already bereft of their 2nd and 3rd round picks - which, they'd used to acquire Steve Bernier and Andrew Alberts respectively - traded Michael Grabner, Steve Bernier, and their first round pick (Joey Hishon) for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich. As a result, the team didn't pick until the fourth round, when they used the 115th pick to select gifted offensive defenseman Patrick McNally from Milton - a prep-school in Massachusetts.
August 10 2011 11:24AM
That's Mark Letestu directly to the right of Sidney Crosby. In part one of Jungle B: Road to the NHL, Letestu gave some insight into his incredible, and rare, ascent up the hockey chain. From a 17-year-old in Junior B in Alberta (Junior C in Ontario), to three years in the AJHL, followed by one year at Western Mighigan and then signing a two-year NHL entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins; Letestu's dream hit a snag in the AHL.