Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report – October 23rd, 2014

It’s been another busy and successful week for Canucks prospects, with
many players dominating their respective leagues.  A
few players have won awards for being players of the week while others continue
to be successful without receiving any accolades.  

Read past
the jump for the latest prospect news and notes in the Canucks Army Weekly Prospect
Report.

Ontario Hockey League

Name Position DOB Age Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Cole Cassels C 1995-05-04 19 Oshawa 11 4 16 20 1.82 13 25
Jared McCann C 1996-05-31 18 Sault Ste. Marie 7 5 7 12 1.71 4 4
Jordan Subban D March 15, 1995 19 Belleville 10 4 8 12 1.20 2 12
Evan McEneny D 1994-05-22 20 Kingston 8 0 3 3 0.38 -2 8
Miles Liberati D 1995-06-21 19 North Bay 8 1 2 3 0.38 2 11
Kyle Pettit C 1996-01-18 18 Erie 6 2 0 2 0.33 -3 0

  • Cole Cassels had a very
    dominant week, in 3 games he scored 1 goal and 7 assists, earning a +4 and 6
    PIM.  He is now the 4th highest scoring player in the OHL and
    earned himself “CHL
    Player of the Week
    ”.
  • Jordan Subban also had a very
    active week; playing in 3 games he scored three goals and three
    assists.  Hopefully this is an early sign that he is having a
    breakout year similar to his brother PK.  Subban, along with
    McCann, has been named to the OHL roster for the Subway Super
    Series.
  • Jared McCann continues to have
    success at a comparable level: he’s played 4 games scoring 3 goals and 5
    assists, producing a +4 and finding 4 PIM.
  • Miles Liberati had a better
    week playing in 2 games, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist to earn a +1. His North Bay Battalion are currently 1st in the OHL and CHL in Shot% through the first and second period (estimating FenClose).
  • It was a quiet week for Evan
    McEneny where he played in 1 game and scored 1 assist.
  • Even Kyle Pettit had a
    reasonably good week, he played in 3 games and scored 2 goals while earning a
    -3.

Western Hockey League

Name Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Anton Cederholm D 1995-02-21 19 Portland 11 2 0 2 0.18 -7 15
MacKenzie Stewart D 1995-08-10 19 Prince Albert 9 0 1 1 0.11 -5 13
Jake Virtanen LW 1996-08-17 18 Calgary 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

  • Jake Virtanen has still not
    yet played a game, but he has been cleared to play and should be in Calgary’s
    lineup on Friday night!  Virtanen was named to the WHL roster
    for the Subway Super Series against Russia’s Junior National Team.
  • Anton Cederholm continues to
    have a bad start on his year, while part of it is the bad play in his team,
    part of his struggles is tied in his own skill (or lack
    thereof).  He’s played 3 games this week, earning a -1 and 6
    PIM.  The Winterhawks are currently a -24 in goal
    differential on the year in 13 games, and have allowed a WHL-high 463 shots on goal.  Cederholm was named an
    alternate captain to the Winterhawks.
  • MacKenzie Stewart makes you
    continue to question his selection: in 4 games this week he earned 1 assist while
    going -2 with 5 PIM.

NCAA

Name Position DOB AGE School GP G A P PPG +/- S S/G Sh% PIM
Ben Hutton D 1993-04-20 21 Hockey East / Maine 5 0 1 1 0.20 1 8 1.60 0.00% 0
Joseph LaBate F 1993-04-16 21 Big 10 / Wisconsin 4 0 0 0 0.00 -5 10 2.50 0.00% 10
Patrick McNally D 1991-12-04 22 ECAC / Harvard 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Williamson D 1993-09-05 21 Big 10 / Penn State 2 0 1 1 0.50 0 4 2.00 0.00% 4
Matthew Beattie F 1992-12-14 21 ECAC / Yale 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0

  • The University of Maine
    continued their losing streak, dropping two games 0-3 and 2-5 to Union. 
    This week they will be playing Alaska Anchorage.  Hutton
    played in both games earning a -1 while registering 3 SOG.
  • The Wisconsin Badgers lost two
    games against Northern Michigan 0-2 and 1-4.  They have a
    week off and will face North Dakota in November.  Joe LaBate
    played in both games earning a -4 with 3 SOG.
  • Penn State tied Alaska
    Anchorage 3-3 and then lost 3-4 to Alaska.  Penn state plays
    Holy Cross this weekend on Friday and Sunday.  Mike Williamson
    fplayed in both games and earned 1 assist, while notching
    2 SOG and 4 PIM.
  • Matt Beattie (Yale) plays a preseason game
    against the University of Alberta this Friday.
  • Patrick McNally (Harvard) is still off until
    November 1st against Dartmouth.

demko

Name Position DOB Age School GP Assists Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv%
Thatcher Demko G 1995-12-08 18 H-East / Boston College 2 1 119 6 3.03 2000-01-01 44 88.00%

  • The Boston College Beagles won
    their first regular season game this week 6-2 vs R.I.T. 
    Demko was in net playing the full game and allowing 2 goals against on 27
    shots.  He has improved his Sv% on the year to
    .880

Europe

Name Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG SOG/G Sh% PIM TOI
Nikita Tryamkin D 1994-08-04 20 KHL / Avtomobilist 19 0 2 2 0.11 -2 28 1.47 0.00% 15 16:35
Gustav Forsling D 1996-06-12 18 SHL / Linkoping 13 1 2 3 0.23 3 15 1.15 6.67% 2 18:28

  • Nikita Tryamkin played in 2
    games this week, earning 1 assist, going +2, producing 3 SOG, 2 PIM and has
    increased his average TOI by :13 a game.
  • Gustav Forsling continues to
    see his role increase in the SHL where his TOI has increased by nearly a half
    minute a game over the last 3 games.  He scored 1 assist,
    earned a -1 and notched 4 SOG in the last week.

ECHL

ECHL Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG S/G Sh% PIM
Ludwig Blomstrand LW 1993-03-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 3 3 2 5 1.67 -1 5 1.67 60.00% 0.00
Curtis Valk C 1993-02-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 3 1 3 4 1.33 0 5 1.67 20.00% 0
Dane Fox F 1993-10-13 21 Kalamzoo Wings 3 2 1 3 1.00 -1 4 1.33 50.00% 4
Alex Mallet F 1992-05-22 22 Kalamzoo Wings 3 1 1 2 0.67 -3 8 2.67 12.50% 4

  • Kalamazoo has had a strong
    start to their year starting 2-1 with a lot of goals. 
    They’ve lost 2-6 to Elmira, then beat them 6-2 following up with a 5-4 OT win
    against Indy.
  • Ludwig Blomstrand has been an
    offensive monster earning 3 goals and 2 assists in 3 games played. 
    Not being invited to the Canucks or Comets camp, combined with being eliminated
    from the Canucks Army Top 20 Prospects has clearly fuelled his
    hate-fire.
    hatefire
  • Comets prospect Curtis Valk
    has put up 1 goal and 3 assists in 3 games.
  • Dane Fox has 2 goals and 1
    assist to his name in 3 games.
  • Alex Mallet has 1 goal and 1 assist
    in 3 games, and leads all Canucks prospects with 8 SOG in those
    games.
Name Position DOB Age Team GP Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv% SO
Joe Cannata G 1990-01-02 24 Ontario Reign 2 120 1 0.50 2-0-0-0 66 98.51% 1

  • Joe Canata has started off the
    year dominating in the ECHL.  Through two games he has only
    allowed in one goal on 67 shots for a .985 Sv%.  He was named
    the ECHL Goaltender
    of the Week
    for his efforts.
  • Chungus

    CHL Player of the Week in Cassels.

    ECHL Player of the Week in Cannata.

    AHL Goalie of the Year (so far) in Markstrom.

    And people actually complain about our prospects!?!

    • Markstrom has been as good or better than Lack at every level at the same age.

      Lack would have been killed in the NHL in his early 20s as well bouncing around from starter to backup and back to the AHL…

      Send Lack to Winnipeg for a draft pick and give Markstrom a shot at creating a goalie controversy with Miller…

      • jung gun

        Exactly what we need to happen to prepare the most effeciently for our future. I’m comfortable with the abilities of Melanson. I think he’ll break the habits that limit Markstrom’s ability, and re-form a better on-ice presence. I think that simply having the size Markstrom does gives the team a major advantage. In the games I’ve seen Bishop play, his size is noticeable, and has the potential to seriously effect crease traffic with poke checks.

        I also think that Miller would be a good tutor for him, because he plays a similarly aggressive style. The three year contract would be a perfect bridge for our goaltending situation.

        Also, at this point, Erikson is redundant, and I doubt the Canucks will hang on to one of their three top tier goaltenders (potentially, anyway. There’s still questions surrounding Lack and Markstrom.) longer than they have to. So, I see Lack being dealt at either the trade deadline, if they’re out of the playoffs, or at the draft, if they make a push for the Stanley.

        Flipping Markstrom sounds like an idea from the old administration, and I hope Benning is wise enough to carefully assess his assets.

  • jung gun

    Nice to see some prospects doing well.

    I think the better return, between Markstrom and Lack, would be Lack. Make that deal at the deadline. Package some players and deal for picks; possibly a package for Tyler Myers (Benning was wanting him before) or other young asset(s).

    Hopefully this franchise can make some smart moves. Michael D. turned the team into a pretender from a contender in very quick fashion. He talked a good game but the results were not there.