Comets Militia Weekly Prospect Reportlet - May 8th, 2014

Josh W
May 08 2014 10:17AM


Activity on the prospect front is actively dying down, with fewer and fewer things to discuss with each passing week. But regardless of that, I'll be writing about whatever little bits of news there are until the owners of this blog drag me away from my computer kicking and screaming. 

With that being said, I should point out that the Canucks still have two prospects playing for their respective league championships at the moment, and looking ahead, there will be a Bo Horvat sighting at the Memorial Cup to go along with the IIHF World Championships that are getting underway shortly.

So if you're bored with the lack of news these days and want to stay updated on Canucks prospects, make sure to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects. You're also more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.

More just past the jump.

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Prehistoric Hockey is an affront to the sport and paleontology

Thomas Drance
May 07 2014 07:16AM

Wait a minute, Tyler Myers doesn't play for the Habs...
Image via Barry's Sketchblog

(Editor's note: this is a guest post by Ryan Lambert, and was commissioned by us in exchange for a $50 donation to 826 Boston - an organization that supports the development and teaching of cretaceous creative writing skills to students aged 6-18 in Boston. If you've read much in the way of Boston Bruins blog content in the recent past, you likely understand why this is a worthy cause that could use your support. Donate here if you're so inclined.

If, by now, you have not seen the Prehistoric Hockey video which began making the rounds earlier this week, well, lucky you. Here it is anyway, in case you feel like wanting die: 

I am obviously a professional observer of the sport of hockey, the NHL in particular, and the things that happen in this video with respect to the game are, in two words, achingly inaccurate. However, what is less known about me is that I am something of a dinosaur enthusiast (some would say nerd), and thus the problems with this video make Jurassic Park look like a paleontology textbook.

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2013-14 Utica Comets: Analytical Year in Review

Josh W
May 05 2014 12:40PM

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If you've been reading my weekly prospect reports here throughout the season, you noticed that I've been sprinkling in AHL #fancystats here and there whenever I could. Well, now that it's over we've got ourselves a large enough sample size to deconstruct everything, and attempt to make sense of what exactly happened to the Utica Comets in 2013-14.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, most of this stuff should make intuitive sense since it's just an extension of what we use to analyze the Canucks on this platform. If not, don't worry, because it's all fairly simple and broken down into easy-to-read segments as we go along.

Just to shill myself -- if you have an AHL blog, or an NHL blog, and want the equivalent data for your (farm) team let me know. You can also feel free to follow me @joshweissbock (my personal account), and @nuckprospects for the latest in Canucks prospects news and stats. 

For now make sure you've your snacks handy, settle in, and continue past the jump for an extensive report filled with all sorts of interesting little analytical nuggets. 

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The Sea-to-Sky Boner Report Returns: May 3rd, 2014

Rhys Jessop
May 03 2014 01:59PM


After a hiatus, the Sea-to-Sky Boner Report is back with a ton of Vancouver Giants and WHL news and notes. Since we last checked in, the Portland Winterhawks and Edmonton Oil Kings have both advanced out of their respective conferences in the WHL playoffs, the WHL bantam draft has taken place, and most notably, the Giants are now in the market for a new coach.

There's a lot to cover, so read past the jump for more.

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Identity Crisis - Weekend Watchability Index

Cam Charron
May 02 2014 02:07PM

torts opening video

I've already said my bit about John Tortorella and there isn't much more to say about his departure. In a nutshell, however, I don't necessarily think the coaching was what was really holding the Canucks back this most recent season. Percentages played a big part.

That said, coaching also wasn't the Canucks problem when they lost in the Stanley Cup Final to Boston and coaching wasn't the Canucks problem when they exited the playoffs quickly against Los Angeles and San Jose in consecutive years. What I found interesting about the Canucks marketing was how much they built the identity of the team around Torts.

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