October 20 2016 11:50PM
The Buffalo Sabres could be said to have been the Canucks' toughest competition to date, and today's game was definitely close and low-scoring. It was not necessarily the most intense game, but it was very steady. The Sabres had multiple power play opportunities to get on top, but they failed.
The Canucks have done the improbable - they are currently in 1st place in the NHL standings. After a 2-1 win over Buffalo, Vancouver is the only team to have not lost a game this season.
October 20 2016 05:00PM
The Canucks are undefeated!
The Comets haven't won a game yet!
So many storylines going on in such a small sample size!
So let's take a look at the Canucks prospect this past week, and see who is making an impact in the hockey world.
October 20 2016 03:00PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
Welcome back to the Utica Comets Week in Review! It's been roughly six months since the last edition, but the long off season has finally come to an end - although given how they played against the Marlies on the weekend, the Comets might have thought they were still on vacation.
In fairness, games against the Marlies are poor measuring sticks of the capabilities of an AHL team - the Marlies are still a ridiculously dominant American League team, even though top prospects like William Nylander and Connor Brown have moved on to the NHL.
Still, a pair of lopsided losses is hard to swallow. The Comets were tagged for five goals in each one of them, while only managing to score four goals in the two games combined. The most interesting part however may be this: Jordan Subban had a hand in each one of them.
October 20 2016 01:15PM
Once again, the Canucks enter yet another game undefeated. Who would have thought that a Canucks/Sabres matchup would have so much riding on it? OK, it's only the 4th game of the season but how often do the Canucks open the year without a loss after 3 games?
#Canucks starts under WD:— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) October 19, 2016
if only seasons were 3 games long
Sure, but how many of those seasons included an undefeated record without leading for a single second of a game? Exactly. This Canucks team has been pleasantly surprising to watch and it feels like anything that happens now is gravy. Watch out Buffalo, this Canucks team is shooting for 82-0.
October 20 2016 11:00AM
Canucks prospect Brett McKenzie is off to a flaming hot start in the OHL. The 194th overall pick in the 2016 draft has scored seven goals in his first eight games. With five assists to go with them, he is producing at a clip of a point and a half per game.
While those numbers are quite impressive, they come with a caveat - no, not sample size, though of course that’s a relevant point. Instead, I’m referring to his age. Though the Canucks picked up McKenzie’s rights just a few months ago, he’s already playing in his draft-plus-two season, as he was taken in his second year of draft eligibility.
And so we have to ask the question: how good is good in a draft-plus-two season?
Warning! This article contains math! But also highlights.