August 15 2016 09:00AM
Troy Stetcher checks in as the 14th ranked player in our consensus rankings
After going undrafted, Stecher became a highly sought after free agent at the conclusion of his junior season with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. A Richmond, B.C. native, Stecher had previously attended Canucks prospect development camp in 2014, so there was a relationship between the Canucks and Stecher. Given the history Stetcher and Vancouver shared, the connection was an all too obvious one to make as soon as the bidding began.
Other teams were in the mix but ultimately a few short days after capturing the NCAA title with North Dakota, the Canucks signed Stecher to a contract.
August 12 2016 11:13AM
It's hard to think about hockey when Penny Oleksiak and the rest of Team Canada is out here winning medals (and hearts), but if you want a 5-minute break from all of the excitement, read on. Sven Baertschi is in a dog kennel!
August 12 2016 10:00AM
Few prospects have had their stock vary as much as Cole Cassels has in the past three years. A former 85th overall pick, Cassels was originally on the radar of fans only due to his bloodlines (he is the son of former Canucks centre Andrew Cassels). In the seasons since, Cassels has gone from a relative unknown to a marquee prospect, and back to a longshot bordering on bust territory. Ranked just outside of the top five a year ago, Cole Cassels checks in at #15 on this year's Top 20 Prospect Rankings.
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August 12 2016 05:00AM
Good chance Mitch Marner makes the Leafs, Jim Benning speaks in Van, 4 big questions heading into the season for Calgary, how will Lucic age over 7 years in Edmonton, working backwards to find Cup winners, identifying the best passers in the NHL, a Hall of Fame debate and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 11 2016 09:00AM
When it comes to junior hockey, I don't believe in late bloomers. By and large, players are either good or bad, and it's the circumstances around them that change. For Carl Neill, unpacking the nature of those circumstances will say a lot about who he is as a player.
Since his breakout season in 2014-15, Neill has scored at a pace of 0.7 points per game -- no small feat for a defender. The caveat is that he's done so at an advanced age relative to his peers, while playing alongside Jeremy Roy, one of the Q's best defencemen. There are a number of reasons for optimism, however, which is why Neill's ranked 16 on our consensus ranking.