January 08 2014 06:44PM
It's been an eventful first week of action around the WHL. The Giants won a couple of huge games and made a significant trade, while the rival Victoria Royals made a huge splash in the trade market and the annual World U-17 and U-20 Championships came to an end. For a look at what's gone on in the past week around the WHL and how some recent moves will affect the playoff landscape going forward, read past the jump.
January 08 2014 12:31PM
Courtesy of the Utica Comets Fan Club
Welcome to this week's Canucks weekly prospect report, in which it seems like the Comets have been playing the exact same as the Canucks as they have not yet won a game in 2014. Then again, with all of the recalls to the Vancouver
Comets Canucks one can't expect too much else.
There's still good news in the other leagues, though, so make sure to keep on reading. As always, follow @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
Let's get to it, shall we?
January 08 2014 12:30AM
That was an eventful game, for lack of a better term. "Schizophrenic" is a good adjective to describe it. Things went from bad to good to bad then really bad in a hurry, as the Canucks somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory from the jaws of defeat. Read past the jump for a recap of just how the hell they managed to do it this time in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
January 07 2014 03:28PM
I was busy writing the preview for the Toronto-New York game up at sister website theleafsnation.com, so this one was a little slow to go up. Just think of it as your first experience with having Canucks content delayed by Leafs stuff, as it is one of those famous TSN doubleheaders with the Toronto game first and the Vancouver game second. Thankfully, the first one starts at 4…
Anyway, about this game, there's a relatively small amount of buzz surrounding it, and Olympic team selections Brooks Orpik and Chris Kunitz, which I'm sure is the major draw going in. Minor matters, the Canucks are on a bit of a tailspin of late, losing four straight with their backup goaltender and resulting in a couple of curious lineup decisions. We think.
Also important, the return of Taylor Pyatt!
January 07 2014 11:24AM
I guess your acceptance of the Canadian Olympic roster came down to how long it's been since you'd come to peace with the fact that Chris Kunitz was going to make it no matter what. Otherwise, you have to be happy with no checking line, or centremen purely taken for faceoff prowess (if you think that that's all Patrice Bergeron can do, you're plenty wrong) and the defence was built about as well as any keyboard expert on Twitter could do it.
There isn't too much to do with the forward corps in terms of analysis. Claude Giroux, Logan Couture and Martin St. Louis aren't on the team, but those are, in a short tournament, just salt-to-taste omissions against everybody except maybe Kunitz. But from judging my own Twitter feed, the most confusing selections seem to be those of Vancouver Canuck Dan Hamhuis and San Jose Shark Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Hamhuis is a Canuck, so it makes sense to present his case on this website, and for all you visitors, maybe you'll find something of use in my argument in favour of Vlasic. We see the Sharks a lot out here. Too much, in fact.