August 13 2015 09:08AM
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Having ranked the Vancouver Canucks' prospect system as totally average earlier this week, ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman unveiled his individual top-100 prospects ($) and top-10 goalie prospects ($) on Thursday and four Canucks assets made the cut.
It's probably not the four you think, either. Click past the jump for a recap of how Vancouver's prospects fared in Pronman's league-wide comparative ranking list.
August 12 2015 02:02PM
With their fourth-round selection at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Vancouver Canucks went a little bit off the board and selected Dmitri Zhukenov, an MHL centremen playing for Avangard Omsk's junior club. Zhukenov was the 61st ranked European Skater according to Central Scouting and was the 114th ranked skater by ISS. Many of us - even those of us who follow hockey prospects intensely - hadn't even heard of him prior to the Canucks calling his name into the microphone on the draft floor.
The previously unknown Russian-born centre checks in at #18 on our prospect profile list.
August 12 2015 10:09AM
After bidding farewell to Alain Vigneault, the Canucks welcomed John Tortorella to Vancouver. He never actually moved to Vancouver, instead opting to commute from Point Roberts, WA.
The 2013-14 season was one of the weirder ones. Tortorella managed to alienate multiple players and get production out of almost none of them. After insulting David Booth, upsetting Ryan Kesler, prompting the trade of Roberto Luongo, overplaying Eddie Lack, and putting a chip on Dale Weise's shoulder so large that it can only be called a full potato, Tortorella was let go following one unforgettable season.
August 11 2015 05:19PM
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg defenseman Nikita Tryamkin, a third-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is a giant of a man (he stands 6-foot-7) with tools to burn and a lot of learning to do.
The Russian-born defender was drafted in his second draft eligible season and as a non-scoring defender, carries significant risk in his projection. He also appears to be a long, long way away from committing to leaving Russia and coming overseas to pursue his professional hockey career in North America.
The ultimate wild card in our prospect profile series, Tryamkin checks in at #19 on our list.
August 11 2015 02:40PM
The 2012-13 season (which was really just the 2013 season - thanks a lot NHL Lockout!) was another season that began with high expectations. The Canucks were coming off of back-to-back Presidents Trophies, and although the team was already weaker than the incarnation that went to the Cup Final two seasons previous, there was still enough skill and potential in the lineup for them to be considered a Cup contender.
In reality, this season signified the end of this core group of Canucks in relation to realistic expectations of contention. Everything was very similar to the previous 3 or 4 years, except a little worse. Let's dive in and dissect the year that closed out the Alain Vigneault era - the most successful era in franchise history.