Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: September 19th

J.D. Burke
September 19 2016 06:18PM


I just spent the weekend-plus in Penticton for the Young Stars Tournament and the World Cup of Hockey is in the round-robin stage of the tournament. All this is to say that we're so, so damn close to the regular season.

Which is great, because I'm really itching for some Canucks hockey, to be perfectly frank. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the summer and the weather and all that fine stuff. Barbecuing is great. But I follow the Canucks closely and write about them daily. It'd be nice if I had new stuff to write about, you know?

Anyways, it's that time of the week. You know the drill.

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Benning: "Ryan Miller is our Number 1 Goalie"

J.D. Burke
September 19 2016 01:33PM

Speaking with TSN 1040 AM, Canucks General Manager Jim Benning revealed that the Canucks aren't quite ready to embrace the Jacob Markstrom era. It appears as though Ryan Miller, in the final of a three-year $18-million contract, will be the Canucks starter for at least another season.

Miller, who turned 36 this off-season, appeared in 51 contests for the Canucks last season and performed relatively well, finishing the season with a .915 Sv%. He went 17-24-9 with a 2.70 GAA. 

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Canucks sign Jack Skille to PTO

Ryan Biech
September 19 2016 12:59PM

With training camp a few days away, the Vancouver Canucks added to their roster, signing Jack Skille to a professional tryout. The Madison, Wisconsin native played last season for the Colorado Avalanche, where he posted 14 points in 74 contests.

Skille has also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Skille is a natural right winger who is listed at 6'1" and 216 lbs.

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Using pGPS: 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Ryan Biech
September 19 2016 12:43PM

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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.

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Mobile again, Cole Cassels turns the page on injury-plagued rookie season

Thomas Drance
September 18 2016 07:22PM

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports

You have to feel for a player in Cole Cassels' shoes.

Cassels, 21, was highly rated out of junior following some genuine heroics on the Oshawa Generals' run to the Memorial Cup. Throughout that run Cassels played through a "tricky" abdominal injury and when it was over, he lost a full summer of training prior to turning pro. 

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