September 22 2016 01:00PM
Photo source: Vancouver Canucks twitter (@Canucks)
If you're following the Vancouver Canucks on enough social media platforms, you can sometimes learn a few things. Today the Canucks released their full main camp roster, including the players previously left off due to their inclusion in the Young Stars Classic. However, just to screw with us, they did so only on Snapchat (so far, anyways).
Luckily our own Vanessa Jang spotted it and alerted us to the list. Thanks to a couple of pictures of a couple of pieces of paper, we now know which Canucks prospects and which Young Stars invitees made the cut to join the big boys this weekend in Whistler.
September 22 2016 11:00AM
The invitees stole the show at this weekend's Canucks Young Stars Classic in a tournament where previously they'd mostly been an afterthought. Invitees accounted for a large portion of the Canucks' offence across three games, contributing three of the seven goals Vancouver scored in the tournament.
Generally, you'd hope that the players lighting it up at your development camp would be members of the organization. Unfortunately for the Canucks, they weren't coming into the tournament with a particularly impressive forward group. It's important to note that they have some players that weren't able to compete and that many of their young forwards have already graduated to the NHL, though. The prospect depth at forward is still worrisome, but the Young Stars roster made it look worse than it is.
September 22 2016 09:00AM
A few weeks ago, I completed an exercise using pGPS to look at the UFA prospects then Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis signed during his tenure at the time of their signings.
Seeing the have and have nots in terms of NHL potential proved an interesting endeavour. Unsurprisingly, Chris Tanev checked out as one of the better-rated prospects of the group when viewed through the lens of pGPS (Prospect Graduation Probabilities System) at the time of his signing.
In the comment section, and on Twitter, there were requests to do all of Mike Gillis's draft classes. Well, ask and you shall receive. Today's post will kick off a week-long series reviewing the 2008-13 draft classes with pGPS.
Before we dive in, let's make it clear that this isn't a comparison between the previous regime and the current one. This is simply an exercise of looking back to see how those draft classes would've looked using the tools we have available to us now.
September 21 2016 09:48PM
While both of tonight's World Cup of Hockey combatants entered their showdown with a spot in the semi-finals assured, there were high stakes at play for this clash between Canada's hockey establishment and the European conglomerate cobbled together for this tournament's sake.
A win tonight and the victor would avoid Team Sweden and wait out a match with Team North America or Team Russia -- opponents that seem favourable relative to the Tre Kronor.
With tonight's 4-1 victory, Canada now awaits either their time honoured cross-Atlantic rivals in Russia or some of their country's young in the semi-finals. And they made it look so, so easy. Without Shea Weber, Ryan Getzlaf and Carey Price, the Canadians dispatched Europe in short order, outshooting Europe 46-20 in the process.
September 21 2016 05:53PM
Canada and “Europe” are both bound for the playoff round of the World Cup, but that doesn’t make this final game of the preliminary round meaningless. The winner finishes the group segment with a perfect record; the loser draws Sweden in the semifinal. It’s a game worth winning.