Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report – October 30th, 2014

We are back for another week of the Canucks Army Weekly Prospect report!  In this week we cover all the non-Comets prospects from the success of Cole Cassels in the OHL, the return of Jake VIrtanen in the WHL, the start of the NCAA schools, the high percentages coming out of the ECHL and the rise of young defencemen in European mens leagues.

Continue past the jump for more.

 Ontario Hockey League

Name Position DOB Age Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Cole Cassels C 1995-05-04 19 Oshawa 14 6 20 26 1.86 10 29
Jared McCann C 1996-05-31 18 Sault Ste. Marie 9 6 8 14 1.56 5 4
Jordan Subban D 1995-03-15 19 Belleville 12 6 9 15 1.25 2 12
Kyle Pettit C 1996-01-18 18 Erie 8 3 0 3 0.38 -2 0
Miles Liberati D 1995-06-21 19 North Bay 11 1 3 4 0.36 5 15
Evan McEneny D 1994-05-22 20 Kingston 11 0 4 4 0.36 3 12

  • Cole Cassels continues to have a great year in
    playing 3 more games scoring 2 goals, 4 assists with a -3 and 4 PIM.  Expect to see him compete for a spot on a deep US World Junior
  • Jared McCann was a bit quieter; he only played 2
    games scoring 1 goal and 1 assist with a +1.
  • Jordan Subban has played in 2 games scoring 2
    goals and 1 assist.
  • Evan McEneny played in 3 games and scored 4
    assists as well as earned a +5 and 4 PIM.
  • Miles Liberati skated in 3 games and scored 1
    assist, he earned a +3 and 4 PIM
  • Kyle Petit remains fairly quiet, he played in 2
    games, scored 1 goal and earned a +1.

Western Hockey League

Name Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Jake Virtanen LW 1996-08-17 18 Calgary 3 2 3 5 1.67 -1 2
Anton Cederholm D 1995-02-21 19 Portland 14 4 1 5 0.36 -7 17
MacKenze Stewart D 1995-08-10 19 Prince Albert 12 1 2 3 0.25 -4 15

  • Jake Virtanen has returned to game action and his lengthy recovery doesn’t seem to have slowed him down.  In
    3 games, he scored 2 goals and 3 assists alongside a -1 with 2 PIM.  Virtanen will be on cereal
    this week along with other CHL superstars.
  • Anton Cederholm skated in 3 games scoring 2
    goals and earning 1 assist and picking up 2 PIM.
  • MacKenze Stewart played in 3 games and scored
    his first goal of the year as well as earned 2 assists and a +1 and 2 PIM.


Name Position DOB AGE School GP G A P PPG +/- S S/G Sh% PIM
Mike Williamson D 1993-09-05 21 Big 10 / Penn State 3 0 1 1 0.33 -1 6 2.00 0.00% 4
Ben Hutton D 1993-04-20 21 Hockey East / Maine 7 1 1 2 0.29 1 20 2.86 5.00% 2
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
Matthew Beattie F 1992-12-14 21 ECAC / Yale 1 0 0 0 0.00 -1 2 0 0 0

  • The University of Maine (Ben Hutton) won 3-1 and tied 3-3
    against the University of Alaska Anchorage. 
    They play twice this weekend on Friday and Saturday against Massachusetts.
    Hutton played in 2 games, scoring 1 goal coming from 12 SOG and earned 2
  • No games for Joe LaBate and the University of Wisconsin this week;
    their next scheduled game is for November 7th and 8th.  Wisconsin might
    have played
    a game this week against a Division III school, but the game
    was played behind closed doors, no crowd, and is not on their official schedule.  Wisconsin apparently tied after trailing for
    most of the game.
  • Penn State (Mike Williamson) played Holy Cross twice this week
    winning 3-1 and 7-1.  They play tonight
    and Friday vs. Bentley.  Williamson played
    in one game earning a -1 and 2 SOG.
  • Yale (Matt Beattie) played the University of Alberta and lost
    0-3.  Their next games will be Friday and
    Sunday at Princeton and Merrimack.  Beattie played in the one game notching 2 SOG and a -1. Yale was dominated as Alberta had +22 Corsi
    through the first period.
  • Harvard (Patrick McNally) will play their first game on Saturday
    vs. Dartmouth
Name Position DOB Age School GP Assists Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv%
Thatcher Demko G 1995-12-08 18 H-East / Boston College 4 1 179 9 2.26 4-1-0 98 91.59%
  • Boston College played Colorado College and
    Massachusetts and won 6-2 and 4-1.  Demko
    made 33 of 35 saves and 21 of 22 saves respectively.  BC plays Denver on Friday and Saturday.


Name Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG SOG/G Sh% PIM TOI
Gustav Forsling D 1996-06-12 18 SHL / Linkoping 16 2 2 4 0.25 5 19 1.19 10.53% 2 18:44
Nikita Tryamkin D 1994-08-04 20 KHL / Avtomobilist 20 0 2 2 0.10 -2 29 1.45 0.00% 17 16:18

  • Nikita Tryamkin played in only one game this
    week with 16 minutes of ice time.  He
    earned 1 SOG and 2PIM
  • Great week for Gustav Forsling who played in 3
    games, scored 1 goal, found a +2 and 4 SOG and continued to increase his ice
  • Forsling seems to have been offered a three
    year contract
    with his SHL team. 
    This seems to be the best option for his development as the defence
    corps in Utica is going to be full over the next year or two and with the new
    CBA drafted players who stay in Europe have up to four years to sign with their
    drafted team.
  • Friend-of-the-blog @Tsetse_Fly, serial tweet favourite-er and Swedish Hockey connoisseur, gave us some insights on Gustav Forsling:
    He’s a good skater, mobile with solid puck skills and shot.  More of a two-way defenceman than an
    offensive defencemen.  Upside is a 2nd/3rd
    pairing defencemen and will likely be on the World Junior team this year.  He plays 4th Dman minutes in the
    SHL as an 18 year-old and he is paired with Magnus


ECHL Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG S/G Sh% PIM
Curtis Valk C 1993-02-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 5 3 6 9 1.80 3 8 1.60 37.50% 0
Ludwig Blomstrand LW 1993-03-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 5 4 3 7 1.40 2 13 2.60 30.77% 2
Dane Fox F 1993-10-13 21 Kalamzoo Wings 5 3 4 7 1.40 2 9 1.80 33.33% 9
Alex Mallet F 1992-05-22 22 Kalamzoo Wings 5 1 3 4 0.80 -1 9 1.80 11.11% 9


Courtesy of @Sarah_Hobday – Kwings Photographer

  • Kalamazoo played 2 games this week losing 2-3 in
    OT to Fort Wayne and then winning 8-2 the next day vs Cincinnati.  This week sees the KWings playing on Friday
    and Saturday at Fort Wayne.
  • Ludwig Blomstrand played in 2 game scoring 1
    goal and 1 assist.  He earned a +3, 8 SOG
    and 2 PIM.
  • Curtis Valk played in 2 games scoring 2 goals, 3
    assists, a +3, 3 SOG and 0 PIM.
  • Dane Fox played in 2 games scoring 1 goal, 3
    assists, a +3, 5 SOG and 5 PIM.
  • Mallet has played in 2 games scoring 2 goals and
    a +2.  He has 1 SOG and 5 PIM.
  • A few other Canucks/Comets related Kwings
    include: Sasha Guimond (D), 7 points, 5 gp; Nathan Longpre (F), 6 points, 5 gp;
    Eric Kattelus (F), 4 points, 5 gp; Lane Scheidl (F), 4 points, 5 gp; Ray
    Kaunisto (F), 2 points, 5 gp; John Negrin (D), 2 points, 3 gp; and Jeremie
    Blain (D), 1 point, 1 gp.
  • Patrick Kennedy leads the Evansville IceMen with
    4 points in 2 gp.
Name Position DOB Age Team GP Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv% SO
Joe Cannata G 1990-01-02 24 Ontario Reign 4 239 8 2.01 2-2-0-0 107 93.04% 1
  • Cannata played 2 more games and let in 7 goals
    bringing his Sv% to a much more human .930.
  • nucksandbolts

    I love these posts and thanks a ton for doing them Josh! Quick question though, how in the world did Mallet have 2 goals with only 1 SOG? That seems extremely counter-intuitive.

  • nucksandbolts

    I’ve been happy to see that Cassels and McCann are having strong seasons.

    If you look at what we are developing in Utica and Junior Leagues, we’ve got Horvat, Gaunce, Cassels and McCann.

    We’re already seeing some promising signs from Linden Vey who had a stellar record in the WHL and was one of the top players in the AHL for several seasons.

    So the future looks pretty bright for up and coming pivots. If we could only start building young depth on our D line.

  • nucksandbolts

    Good thing some of the guys in junior are producing because the big 4 in Utica (Gaunce, Shinkaruk, Jennsen and Horvat) have a combined 4 goals in 28 games. Early still in the season for sure but 4 goals sucks

    • nucksandbolts

      By my count, the Comets have played 8 games, and Gaunce is third in team scoring. Horvat is just coming off an injury. Shinkaruk is scoring at .5 ppg clip. Nick Jensen has three points, which is the most concerning, but that’s relative to they have played 8 games.

      Don’t know why you would say they have played 28 games.

      • Mantastic

        Guance isn’t even in the top 100 AHL scoring, which shouldn’t be too big of a shock because he isn’t known for his scoring abilities, as a projected bottom 6 C in the NHL, his lack of scoring shouldn’t be worrying.

        Shinkaruk scoring at .5 ppg isn’t good enough for a scoring prospect but one would assume an increase, later in the season. he pretty much didn’t play at all last year which hindered his development.

        Horvat should have scored at least 1 point by now, this is the AHL, not exactly a tough league for highly skilled players but it’s only been 4 games and that’s too small of a sample size. one will assume he won’t play a single NHL game and will sent back to Junior once his 14 day conditioning stint is over.

        Jensen scoring below .4 ppg is proving he’s more suspect than prospect, as predicted, even bad players with no hope in playing the in NHL are out scoring him by a lot. at this point you can’t assume he will ever be a top 6 scoring winger. a Hansen type career isn’t out of the picture, even though Hansen scored at a far better rate in the AHL than Jensen ever has.

        any projected scorer in the NHL should be at least collecting over .65 ppg

  • nucksandbolts

    I don ‘t agree that spending the next three years in Sweden is the best thing for Forsling’s development. I expect him to be called over to Utica next season. That defence is not deep, it’s minor league. You aren’t trying to build a winner per se in Utica. You are looking at development time for young players. The Canucks will fit him on the Comets sooner rather than later — especially if he keeps doing what he’s doing in the SEL.

  • SJ

    These prospects reports are my favourite things on the site. Thanks Josh!

    As for Forsling, 3 years doesn’t seem crazy. Very little chance he’d make it to the big club before then, and I would think the SEL is comparable to being in Utica from a skill level/pace of the game standpoint. The only issue is that he won’t be playing within the Canucks system per se, but it’s fairly debatable whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

  • Chungus

    Curtis Valk is the most exciting prospect for me. This guy has huge potential and I’m so glad we snagged him. Overall, I have a lot of optimism for the future of our team.

  • Mantastic

    I really wish there was a K-Wings insider out there that could shed some light on how well it seems our prospects are performing there. Blomstrand is really intriguing right now. Not invited to canucks or comets camp but appears to be one of the top players in Kalamazoo.

    Also, thanks for updating on the canucks/comets related players. Even though the Comets have a ton of depth on their roster right now; we’ll more than likely see a few of these guys called up to Utica this year.

  • Mantastic

    Thanks Josh. I look forward to your prospect report and Comets report every week.

    As for Forsling, 3 years in the SEL seems a bit long. I am ok with 1 or 2 years. The AHL is a better league (closer to NHL) than the SEL. If he can make the Utica Comets after a year or two in the SEL, then I think Utica is a better place for his development.

  • Mantastic

    /clicks the Magnus Johansson link

    /clicks through to the Linkopings HC team page

    /sees Daniel Rahimi’s name

    /remembers that the entire Canuck’s scouting department still has their jobs

    /walks away from breakable objects