It’s been another full week of prospect activities with all
of Vancouver’s players in the pipeline playing games. The OHL has surprisingly been the least productive this week while Jake Virtanen,
players in the NCAA, Europe, and the ECHL have all been very active. The World Juniors will be coming up very shortly and Hockey Canada plans to announce its camp roster soon. That being said a number of Canucks prospects have been in discussion to make their respective national team including: Horvat (CAN, but unlikely to be released from the Canucks), Virtanen (CAN), McCann (CAN), Subban (CAN), Cassels (US), Forsling (Sweden), and Demko (US).
Without keeping you waiting, continue past the jump for the
latest on your Canucks’ prospects.
Ontario Hockey League
|Jared McCann||C||1996-05-31||18||Sault Ste. Marie||15||8||9||17||1.13||1||6|
|Miles Liberati||D||1995-06-21||19||North Bay||21||1||4||5||0.24||8||19|
- Cole Cassels continues his dominant pace on the year having
played 2 games scoring 2 goals and 2 assists while earning a -1 and 9 PIM. Cassels is currently sitting at 6th
in OHL scoring.
- Jared McCann had a quiet week playing in 3 games but only
scoring a single goal.
- In similar production Jordan Subban played in 3 games
scoring 1 goal, a -1 and 2 PIM. He is
still in first in OHL defencemen scoring, but Oshawa’s 17-year old and first time draft eligible Mitchell Vande Sompel has caught
up (take note, Jim Benning). Subban holds the tie breaker though with more goals.
- Evan McEneny played in 3 games scoring 3 assists and earning
- Kyle Petit did not play in a game this week.
- Miles Liberati played in 3 games earning a +1.
Western Hockey League
|MacKenze Stewart||D||1995-08-10||19||Prince Albert||22||2||3||5||0.23||-6||39|
- Jake Virtanen has finally had some puck luck; having played
3 games he scored 2 goals and earned 4 assists along with a +4 and 4 PIM.
- Anton Cederholm played in 3 games earning a -1 and 4 PIM.
- McKenze Stewart played in 2 games and earned a +1 and 2 PIM.
|Patrick McNally||D||1991-12-04||22||ECAC / Harvard||9||4||9||13||1.44||11||20||2.22||20.00%||2|
|Joseph LaBate||F||1993-04-16||21||Big 10 / Wisconsin||8||1||3||4||0.50||-5||23||2.88||4.35%||16|
|Ben Hutton||D||1993-04-20||21||Hockey East / Maine||12||2||3||5||0.42||-4||31||2.58||6.45%||2|
|Mike Williamson||D||1993-09-05||21||Big 10 / Penn State||6||0||1||1||0.17||-1||8||1.33||0.00%||8|
|Matthew Beattie||F||1992-12-14||21||ECAC / Yale||8||0||1||1||0.13||1||7||0.88||0.00%||2|
- Last week, Harvard played Bentley and won 5-1, then faced Boston
University Tuesday winning 3-2 in OT. This
week, Harvard plays UMass Lowell on Saturday. Patrick McNally played in 2 games scoring 1 goal and 3 assists, earning a +5 with 3
SOG and 2 PIM. He’s starting to make up
for the lost year due to the giant cheating scandal.
- The University of Maine had a pair of losses this week including
a 2-3 OT loss to Boston University and a 1-4 loss to Boston College. This week, Maine faces Vermont in back-to-back
games on Friday and Saturday. Ben Hutton
played in 2 games earning a -1, 5 SOG and a goal. He’s definitely having a down year but a portion
of that can be attributed to the lack of puck luck and the lack of success his
team is having as a whole. His SOG/G numbers are still a positive sign.
- Penn State had an up and down week beating Michigan 3-2 and
then losing 1-8 against the same team.
This week the Nittany Lions will play Cornell on Saturday. Mike Williamson has played in both games earning 2
PIM and 1 SOG.
- The University of Wisconsin had a pair of losses including
2-5 at Colorado Springs and 2-3 at Denver.
The Badgers play Friday and Saturday vs Ferris State. Joe LaBate scored 1 goal, 2 assists, 7 SOG, a +1
and 6 PIM this week.
- Yale lost 2-3 at Cornell and then won 3-1 at Colgate this
last week. This upcoming Saturday they
will play Rochester Institute. Matt Beattie
played in 2 games earning 1 assist, a +1 and 2 SOG.
|Thatcher Demko||G||1995-12-08||18||H-East / Boston College||11||1||662||23||2.09||2000-04-07||269||92.12%|
- Boston College posted a pair of wins this week winning 5-3
vs Massachusetts and 4-1 vs Maine. Demko
played in both games making 18 of 21 saves and 22 of 23 saves
respectively. Demko is currently sitting
at a .921 Sv% on the year, good for 32nd
in the NCAA in Sv%.
|Gustav Forsling||D||1996-06-12||18||SHL / Linkoping||22||2||2||4||0.18||6||35||1.59||5.71%||2||18:33|
|Nikita Tryamkin||D||1994-08-04||20||KHL / Avtomobilist||31||0||3||3||0.10||0||38||1.23||0.00%||19||15:54|
- Nikita Tryamkin played in 3 games this week scoring an
assist, earning a +2, 2 SOG and 2 PIM while seeing a massive drop in his
average ice time.
- Gustav Forsling also played in 3 games earning a +1 and 11
SOG while also seeing a drop in his average ice time.
Ludwig Bloomstrand, courtesy @Sarah_Hobday, KWings Insiderrr
- This week saw another pair of losses for Kalamazoo losing
1-3 at Fort Wayne and 3-7 at Cincinnati.
Next weekend has the Wings play 3 games in 3 days at Fort Wayne, Toledo
and Orlando on Friday through Sunday.
- Curtis Valk played in 2 games scoring an assist, earning a
-2, and 6 SOG while seeing his shooting percentage almost at the norm. Valk still leads the KWings in scoring.
- Alex Mallet has played in 2 games scoring a goal and an
assist, earning a -2, 1 SOG and 5 PIM.
He is third on the KWings in scoring.
Clearly Jim Benning was not impressed with Mallet, arguably one of the
Canucks worst draft pick decisions ever made, and traded him with a 2016 3rd Round Pick for some AHL depth and possible defencemen prospect. I’m mostly sad about
the loss of the pick.
- Top Prospect Ludwig Blomstrand has played in 2 games,
scoring a goal, earning a -3, 2 SOG and 2 PIM.
He is 4th on the team in scoring.
- Dane Fox has fallen down the roster, in two games this week
he earned a -3 and 5 SOG and is 8th in scoring.
- Jeremie Blain played in 1 game scoring 1 goal, earning a -1
and 3 SOG. He has been recalled back to
- Other Comets/Canucks related players and their KWings
scoring is Guimond (12 pts / 14 gp as a defencemen), Kattelus (9), Longpre (9),
Scheidl (8), Kaunisto (5), and Lafranchise (3 pts, currently recalled to
- Patrick Kennedy is back to Evansville and currently has 4
goals, 4 assists and 15 SOG in 6 games.
- Mitch Holmberg has come off the injured reserve list and is currently on Utica’s roster but we will see if he stays there.
|Joe Cannata||G||1990-01-02||24||Ontario Reign||9||542||16||1.77||5-3-0-1||241||93.77%||1|
- Cannata played in one game this week making 34 of 35 saves
bringing up his Sv% to .934 on the year.
For what it is worth Cannata is the “Top ECHL
Goaltender” but they are ranked by GAA
which loses a lot of value. Cannata has
to Utica after Markstrom had a slight injury in practice and will not play