June 24 2014 01:01PM
What follows is a guest post written by @bryan_nikkel and @moneypuck_ on the subject of how playing for an excellent team in the CHL impacts player production, which in turn impacts how teams and scouts value draft eligible players. Are there any hidden gems leading the attack with little help for overmatched CHL teams whom the Canucks might target with the second round pick?
June 24 2014 10:31AM
The scenarios I'm devising to which William Nylander falls to the Vancouver Canucks are much like an England fan devises ways the Three Lions could advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing both their first two games.
"Well, you get the two Sams off the board, and also Aaron Ekblad, maybe Florida take him? And maybe the Oilers reach on a defenceman like Haydn Fleury, and, uh, Brian Burke likes Nick Ritchie, yes? There!"
It's a wildly plausible scenario and not at all likely to result in heartbreak. Nylander is our third-ranked prospect, but probably the most exciting player in the draft.
June 24 2014 09:48AM
Sam Bennett can't do a pull-up. As a result he's going to fall in this year's Pull-Up Draft.
With the much-anticipated NHL entry draft set to take place just a few measly days from now, Cam, Rhys, and I felt the need to sit down and hash things out with a long-form discussion about the prospect profiles we've been running on this platform. We broke down each notable name one by one, frequently getting derailed by the allure of one Nick Ritchie. We can take solace in the reality that it happens to the best of us.
The podcast - which you can stream or download depending on your preference just past the jump - is a strong 80 minutes or so in length, so hopefully it'll help either speed up a slow workday for yourself, or help make that seawall run you feel obligated to do slightly more bearable. You'll understand why we started eating crackers at some point during the episode; it was a grind.
June 23 2014 04:15PM
The crop of defencemen taken in the first five picks of the draft since 2005 include Jack and Erik Johnson, Thomas Hickey, Karl Alzner, Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian, Alex Pietrangelo, Luke Schenn, Victor Hedman, Erik Gudbranson and Adam Larsson, and what makes Aaron Ekblad such a controversial choice to be selected high in the draft is that so few of those players have developed into top pairing defencemen, while many forwards taken over the same span are stars on their respective teams.
June 23 2014 02:55PM
With the reports trickling out about a deal that had been struck between the Vancouver Canucks and coaching candidate Willie Desjardins prior to the weekend, we had a few days to prepare for the press conference that was held Monday afternoon by the team to introduce their newest bench boss.
Though reality, we probably didn't need the preemptive headstart; considering what has transpired with the franchise in this last calendar year, we've all come to know the drill all too well by now. It hasn't even been long enough for this particular image to have left people's minds.
The trio of relative newcomers - Linden, Benning, and Desjardins - sat in front of a flock of media types, and answered a set of questions that varied on a scale of softball filler-to-insightful discussion. There were a few interesting talking points that were brought up, and we'll pivot off of those just past the jump. If you feel so inclined, you can watch the presser for yourself right here.