August 26 2015 09:57AM
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When one talks about miles traveled in reference to hockey players, they primarily mean the physical toll that player has suffered over the course of their career. When one talks about miles traveled in reference to Vancouver Canucks prospect Alexandre Grenier, it is said literally and with the utmost sincerity.
For the first time since being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks with the 90th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Grenier was able to ply his craft in the same location over the span of a full calendar year. Building on an uninspiring rookie performance with the Utica Comets in 13-14, Grenier posted a highly productive 14-15 campaign which now has him in the discussion among the Canucks' top prospects.
Representative of Mike Gillis' strange appreciation for overage players named "Alex" in the middle rounds of the NHL draft, Grenier checks in at eighth in our organizational prospect ranking.
August 26 2015 08:55AM
For as long as we've known him, Alex Burrows has been a shit disturber. Marc Crawford asked as much of Burrows and he's delivered with a consistency that has endeared him to Vancouver and vilified him elsewhere.
An undrafted former ball hockey player, Burrows certainly took the road less traveled. The Canucks scouting staff originally found this diamond in the rough by scouring the ECHL ranks, where Burrows was plying his craft with the Columbia Inferno. The pesky if illegible forwards star ascended to the NHL less than two seasons thereafter, joining the Canucks as a regular by the end of the 2005-06 season.
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August 25 2015 12:01PM
The Vancouver Canucks have added a little bit of padding to their forward depth today, signing right winger Adam Cracknell to a one-year contact, as per TVA's Renaud Lavoie.
August 25 2015 11:25AM
Last Friday (August 21st), the Utica Comets signed goaltender Clay Witt to an AHL contract.
Witt, 23, recently finished a 5 year college stint at Northwestern in NCAA's Div I league, where posted impressive numbers in some seasons and less than impressive numbers in others. His GAA and Save Percentage fluctuated wildly between seasons, although sample size is responsible for much of this, as are the circumstances of the team playing in front of him - it's really the last couple years that are the most interesting, and probably the most relevant.
Witt joins 4 goalies that are already on the Canucks' professional depth chart. Let's take a deeper look into who he is and where he fits on the goaltender ladder.
August 25 2015 09:51AM
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Bringing us down into the single digits of prospects within the Vancouver Canucks' pool is Ronalds Ķēniņš.
Kenins is such a good prospect that even his own name is plural. Ronalds Kenins is so sneaky good that in the mid-term review and in last summers review Kenins did not even make the top-20. Quantum leaps forward are possible though when you start the season in the bottom-6 in Utica and end it in the NHL, scoring key playoff goals.
Having seemingly come out of no where, let's continue past the jump to see what we have in this Olympic Latvian.