November 13 2013 11:48AM
We have been running this particular feature on Thursdays, but because of the Canucks schedule this week, we're dishing out the goods a day early. It has been another busy week - and I'm not just saying that so that you keep reading! - as every league is playing and reaching the quarter mark of their schedules.
Sample sizes are starting to get large enough to get a good idea of where certain individuals sit. I also managed to do a bit of deeper analysis of Comets' players this week, which you'll hopefully enjoy. As always, follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
Without further ado..
November 12 2013 09:43PM
Turn that frown upside down, big fella. You'll be back. Sestito probably can't do too much more.
Good evening, Ladies and Gents. It's time for another edition of Headshots. It was a slow news day, but it could be worse. This could be a Buffalo Sabres blog, right? Lets get at it right past the jump!
November 12 2013 12:33PM
#Canucks recall David Booth from Utica, and sent Darren Archibald to Utica.— Sportsnet Pacific (@SNETPacific) November 12, 2013
David Booth's initial plan was to play on the team's four-game road trip that just ended. He just overshot it by a day, and I can buy why the team wouldn't want to make any big roster changes on the road. I don't think it's something that's done often except in case of injury.
Anyway, Booth is back from his conditioning stint in Utica. He recorded one assist in three games, was a minus-one, and the team won its first two games on the season and why the heck are we pointing this out it's only three games.
November 12 2013 09:06AM
The Higgins-Santorelli-Burrows line has been money since being put together.
Sunday night's loss to the Ducks marked a league-high 20th game of the season for the Vancouver Canucks, meaning that for all intents and purposes they've reached the quarter mark of the 2013-14 campaign (24.4% to be exact, for you sticklers out there).
Since the beginning of the year there have been relative highs, and on the other end of the spectrum, relative lows; some games that the team won even though they had no business doing so, and some games that the team lost even though they did everything but actually score more goals than their opposition. You know, all of the things you'd expect to see when you follow a team as closely as we do over a long enough period of time.
The power play's inability to find the back of the net (which has only been exacerbated by the team's struggles in actually getting on the man advantage in the first place), the play of their $9.6 million pairing, and the bottom-6 as is currently constructed are all legitimate concerns for the Canucks at the moment.
It's not all bad, though, as John Tortorella and Co. may've inadvertently stumbled into a gold mine - and given the team something they desperately needed - when the moved Ryan Kesler to Henrik Sedin's right wing. The trickle-down effect of the move was the unit of Chris Higgins-Mike Santorelli-Alex Burrows being thrown together as Vancouver's makeshift 2nd line. The result has been money for a team that couldn't buy any secondary scoring to save their collective lives last season.
November 11 2013 12:16PM
Due to some gremlins in the CanucksArmy blogware, this week's Giants report is a bit abbreviated. Read on past the jump for news involving criminal charges against leading scorers Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck, as well as a look ahead to one of the marquee weekends of the Giants' season.