Canucks Army Prospect Report – December 10th 2014

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Dane Fox and Curtis Valk – Courtesy @Sarah_Hobday

The Canucks Prospects are back again for another week of play.  While some prospects in the college ranks are getting ready for their Christmas break, winter exams and a month off, plenty of other prospects are gearing up as they make a final push to earn a spot on their respective World Junior Championships teams.  Down in Kalamazoo, all Canucks prospects are once again healthy and are back to playing with some dominating and waiting for their turn to be called up to the AHL.  Without keeping you waiting, continue past the jump for the latest in prospect news.

Ontario Hockey League

Name Position DOB Age Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Cole Cassels C 1995-05-04 19 Oshawa 22 12 27 39 1.77 10 53
Jared McCann C 1996-05-31 18 Sault Ste. Marie 21 10 14 24 1.14 4 8
Jordan Subban D 1995-03-15 19 Belleville 30 13 14 27 0.90 -5 32
Evan McEneny D 1994-05-22 20 Kingston 26 1 16 17 0.65 3 22
Kyle Petit C 1996-01-18 18 Erie 26 9 0 9 0.35 0 6
Miles Liberati D 1995-06-21 19 North Bay 27 3 6 9 0.33 5 21
  • Cole Cassels is still serving out his suspension and has
    not played this week.
  • Jared McCann played in 3 games scoring 2 goals and 3
    assists earning a +2 and 2 PIM.
  • Jordan Subban has played in 3 games this week, seeing some
    regression and earning 1 point along side a -2 and 2 PIM.  Subban has dropped to 5th
    in OHL Defencemen scoring, but his brother PK just cannot stop raving about
    him
    .  Whenever I see people talk
    about Jordan Subban, they always seem to use the word “cerebral”. 
  • Evan McEneny played in 2 games scoring his first goal of
    the year and notching 2 assists.  He
    earned a +1 to go with the offensive outburst.
  • Kyle Petit played in 4 games scoring 1 goal.
  • Miles Liberati played in 3 games scoring 2 goals and 2
    assists while earning a -3.

Western Hockey League

Name Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Jake Virtanen LW 1996-08-17 18 Calgary 20 9 14 23 1.15 5 36
MacKenze Stewart D 1995-08-10 19 Prince Albert 28 2 5 7 0.25 -1 52
Anton Cederholm D 1995-02-21 19 Portland 30 4 3 7 0.23 -2 46
  • Jake Virtanen played in 3 games scoring 2 goals and 2
    assists including the highlight reel end-to-end rush above, a +2 and 10 PIM.  Of course, one
    ESPN prospect scout just had to poke the bear.
  • McKenze Stewart played in 4 games scoring 1 assist, a +3
    and 6 PIM.
  • Anton Cederholm played in 4 games scoring 1 assist,
    earning a +3 and 10 PIM.

NCAA

Name Position DOB AGE School GP G A P PPG +/- S S/G Sh% PIM
Patrick McNally D 1991-12-04 23 ECAC / Harvard 12 4 11 15 1.25 14 32 2.67 12.50% 6
Joseph LaBate F 1993-04-16 21 Big 10 / Wisconsin 12 1 5 6 0.50 -6 30 2.50 3.33% 16
Ben Hutton D 1993-04-20 21 Hockey East / Maine 15 2 3 5 0.33 -9 33 2.20 6.06% 4
Mike Williamson D 1993-09-05 21 Big 10 / Penn State 7 0 1 1 0.14 0 10 1.43 0.00% 10
Matthew Beattie F 1992-12-14 21 ECAC / Yale 9 0 1 1 0.11 1 9 1.00 0.00% 2

  • Harvard is one of the top five ranked NCAA teams this year
    and so far they have beaten Princeton 4-3 and Quinnipac 5-2 this week.  Harvard is now on their Christmas break as
    they expect their students to “study” for “exams”.  Despite being older, McNally is now one of
    the top NCAA defencemen with 1.25 points/game with 4 goals and 11 assists
    through 12 games.
  • The University of Maine is not a good team this year and is a large reason
    why Ben Hutton is not seeing a repeat of his success.  This week the Black Bears lost 2-3 in OT vs.
    UMass-Lowell and will face New Hampshire twice this upcoming week.  Hutton had no points this past week.
  • The University of Wisconsin lost a pair of games to Penn State this week, 2-5
    and 2-4.  Next week has the Badger’s last
    game of the year until January when they face the US Under-18 team.  Joseph Labate scored 1 assist and notched 3
    shots in 2 games.
  • In the same pair of games, Mike Williamson only played the later of the two
    earning 2 shots on goal, a +1 and 2 PIM. 
    Penn State does not play until after Christmas.
  • Yale lost this past week 1-3 vs Union and then won 5-2 vs
    Rensselar.  Yale is also on their
    Christmas break until the end of the month. 
    Matthew Beattie did not play.
Name Position DOB Age School GP Assists Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv%
Thatcher Demko G 1995-12-08 19 H-East / Boston College 15 2 903 33 2.19 8-6-1 392 92.24%

Europe

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 27 3 2 5 0.19 6 49 1.81 6.12% 8 18:29
Nikita Tryamkin D 1994-08-04 20 KHL / Avtomobilist 34 0 3 3 0.09 1 41 1.21 0.00% 23 15:45

ECHL

ECHL Position DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG S/G Sh% PIM
Curtis Valk C 1993-02-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 15 6 10 16 1.07 2 42 2.80 14.29% 10
Ludwig Blomstrand LW 1993-03-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 15 5 6 11 0.73 -1 36 2.40 13.89% 10
Dane Fox F 1993-10-13 21 Kalamzoo Wings 18 5 4 9 0.50 -6 35 1.94 14.29% 28
Jeremie Blain D 1992-03-19 22 Kalamzoo Wings 8 2 1 3 0.38 -8 20 2.50 10.00% 2

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Dane Fox being leveled – Courtesy @Sarah_Hobday

  • The Kalamazoo Wings are in 6th (or 7)
    in their division and currently ranked 12th in their
    conference.  The Wings finally won a
    game, beating Evansville 5-2 and then losing to Cincinatti 0-2 and having a 1-3
    loss to Florida.  This week the Wings
    play Wednesday, Friday and Saturday vs Gwinett, Toledo and then Toledo again.
  • Curtis Valk continues to dominate the ECHL and
    he leads the Wings in scoring.  It’s only
    a matter of time until he sees the jump to the AHL.
  • Ludwig Blomstrand played in 3 games earning 1
    assist, a +1, and 12 Shots on goal to go with his 2 PIM.
  • Dane Fox played in 3 games scoring 1 goal,
    earning a -3 and 7 shots with 2 PIM.
  • Jeremie Blain is still up with Utica.
  • @Sarah_Hobday,
    the KWings Insiderrr has given us the latest scouting reports from Canucks
    prospects: 

Fox has seen big improvement in his speed since training camp.  Valk showed great character to fight a 6’4”
guy who leveled Fox.  Blomstrand has been
putting up more shot attempts and been heavily used on the powerplay.  The Valk/Fox/Blomstrand line has been by far
the best line for Kzoo with the amount of shots and scoring chances.  They read each other really well. 

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Curtis Valk standing up to Cincinnati’s Jaynen Rissling after leveling Fox – Courtesy @Sarah_Hobday

  • We really can’t say with certainty which of Ehlers, Nylander, and Virtanen will be the strongest when they hit the NHL.

    That being said, Ehlers and Nylander both looked like safer bets to be A-level offensive talents than Virtanen at the draft, and that certainly hasn’t changed.

  • Virtanen, Nylander, Ehlers…let’s just wait until they all hit the NHL. I’m not too worries about Pronman’s nonsense. The Canucks learned the NHL is pretty physical and playoff hockey is just short of WWE type brawling. The small, skilled guys often get buried in the playoffs and the goals are pretty ugly. I want to see guys that score the tough goals and survive the beatings in the playoffs.

    On the other hand, one day the NHL may stop the stupidity and have refs call penalties in the playoffs. It’d be more entertaining if they did.

  • I also agree that Virtanen is the right pick. Sure ehlers and nylander are higher skilled guys, but Virtanen is a piece to Bennings puzzle. He’s drafting guys that fit his model. You look at la and how much their guys thrive in the playoffs. I think the bigger or “Boston model” is the way to go. Just have to wait 5-6 years to know.

  • Mantastic

    Virtanen might have been a good pick if he had the same skill set but he was a centre instead of a winger. Not only is Ehlers and Nylander more skilled than Virt but they both can play C, the same kind of high-end C that will be exiting the team in a few years.

  • Spiel

    Replace “Ehlers” with “Hodgson” and “Virtanen” with “Kassian” in the comments section and this sounds like a debate I’ve heard somewhere before.

  • Fred-65

    Neither Nylander or Ehler fit Benning model. Vcr IS going to be a bigger stronger team in the future, you might loose some danglers on the way but the end product is what you must keep in mind. Vcr already have Horvat, Gaunce, McCann & Cassells at centre what they need for the future are big wingers to work the boards and corners. I think that’s where the team is heading