September 19 2016 08:54PM
The Canucks closed out the 2016 Young Stars Classic in a spirited affair against their Western Canadian rivals, the Calgary Flames. Calgary had been the team to beat this weekend, featuring the most well-rounded roster of the tournament.
The Flames came on strong, and Vancouver struggled against their attack for most of the game. Luckily, a few timely goals from Michael Carcone, Jordan Subban, and Yan-Pavel LaPlante, as well as the inspired play of goaltenders Thatcher Demko and Michael Garteig was enough to push the game to extra time.
Karma caught up with them eventually, however, when Ashton Sautner blew a tire at Calgary's blue line. Ryan Lomberg was left all alone on the breakaway and he made no mistake, sealing the game 4-3 in overtime.
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.
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.
#Canucks Benning on 1040: 'Ryan Miller is our number one goalie. Let's make no mistake about that.'— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) September 19, 2016
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.
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.
September 19 2016 12:43PM
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.