Canucks Army Prospect Report – December 17th, 2014

The Canucks prospects are back again for the weekly edition of the Canucks Army Prospect Report, where we bring you all the latest in Canucks prospects news.  Many prospects are starting to prepare for the World Juniors while some of them are “studying” for final exams. 

As always, we have all the latest in prospect news and notes for you just past the jump.

Ontario Hockey League

Name Pos 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 24 11 18 29 1.21 9 17
Jordan Subban D 1995-03-15 19 Belleville 32 13 15 28 0.88 -4 32
Evan McEneny D 1994-05-22 20 Kingston 29 1 19 20 0.69 2 22
Miles Liberati D 1995-06-21 19 North Bay 30 3 9 12 0.40 9 23
Kyle Pettit C 1996-01-18 18 Erie 28 9 2 11 0.39 1 6

  • Cole Cassels is still serving his 10-game suspension and has
    not played this week.  We are still
    awaiting news to see if he will make the US World Juniors roster and/or if his
    suspension will be reduced to 8 games to allow him to play.
  • Jared McCann played in 3 games this week scoring 1 goal and
    4 assists, earning a +5 and 9 PIM.
  • Jordan Subban played in 2 games scoring 1 assist earning a
    +1.  His scoring has slowed down as of
    late, and Subban is now 4th in OHL defencemen scoring behind Sarnia’s Anthony
    DeAngelo, Oshawa’s Mitchell Vande Sompel (draft eligible) and North Bay’s Brenden Miller.
  • Evan McEneny scored 3 assists this week in 3 games and
    earned himself a -1.  Subban better be careful or else McEneny will catch him in scoring.
  • Kyle “the sniper” Petit played in 2 games scoring 2 assists
    (his first assists on the year) earning a +1. This will undoubtedly ruin his Cy Young trophy bid.
  • Miles Liberati had his best week of the year so far, in 3
    games he scored 3 assists, earning a +4 and 2 PIM.

Western Hockey League

Name Pos 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 31 2 5 7 0.23 -2 57
Anton Cederholm D 1995-02-21 19 Portland 33 4 3 7 0.21 -5 50

  • Jake Virtanen has not played any WHL games this week as he
    has been been at the World Junior Camp and it sounds like he is a lock
    to make the team.  Rhys covered his success so far on Monday.  His success in WJC exhibition action has Virtanen quite well noticed lately, and has earned himself the nickname “Showtime“.
  • Anton Cederholm played in 3 games earning a -3 and 2 PIM.
  • MacKenze Stewart played in 3 games earning a -1 and 5 PIM.

NCAA

Name Pos 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
Ben Hutton D 1993-04-20 21 Hockey East / Maine 18 4 6 10 0.56 -9 47 2.61 8.51% 6
Joseph LaBate F 1993-04-16 21 Big 10 / Wisconsin 12 1 5 6 0.50 -6 30 2.50 3.33% 16
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 22 ECAC / Yale 9 0 1 1 0.11 1 9 1.00 0.00% 2
  • Harvard is currently on their Christmas break, with students
    expected to “study” and “write finals” – Patrick McNally did not play any games
    this week.
  • The University of Maine played two games this week beating
    New Hampshire 5-2 and then losing the next day 4-7.  Maine is on their Christmas break until
    January 2nd.  Ben Hutton
    looked to be in last year’s form when he played in both games, scoring 2 goals
    and 2 assists, earning 8 shots on goal and 2 PIM.
  • The University of Wisconsin lost 4-1 to the USA Under-18 team
    and now has a break until January 2nd.  Joseph LaBate was held to 1 shot in that game.
  • Both Mike Williamson (Penn State) and Matthew Beattie (Yale)
    are on their Christmas breaks until January.
Name Pos DOB Age School GP Assists Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv%
Thatcher Demko G 1995-12-08 19 H-East / Boston College 16 2 963 34 2.12 9-6-1 433 92.72%

Europe

Name Pos DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG SOG/G Sh% PIM TOI
Gustav Forsling D 1996-06-12 18 SHL / Linkoping 29 3 2 5 0.17 9 52 1.79 5.77% 8 18:30
Nikita Tryamkin D 1994-08-04 20 KHL / Avtomobilist 36 0 4 4 0.11 1 41 1.14 0.00% 25 15:34

  • Nikita Tryamkin played in 2 games this week scoring 1
    assist, 0 shots on goal, 2 PIM and seeing his ice time continue to drop. (With the Rouble continuing to fall, we may see Tryamkin on this side of the pond sooner rather than later too).
  • Gustav Forsling has played in 2 games this week notching 3
    shots on goal, a +3, and seeing a slight increase in ice time.

ECHL

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Courtesy @Sarah_Hobday

ECHL Pos DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG S/G Sh% PIM
Curtis Valk C 1993-02-08 21 Kalamzoo 18 8 11 19 1.06 2 47 2.61 17.02% 10
Ludwig Blomstrand LW 1993-03-08 21 Kalamzoo 18 5 7 12 0.67 -2 41 2.28 12.20% 10
Dane Fox F 1993-10-13 21 Kalamzoo 21 5 4 9 0.43 -7 38 1.81 13.16% 32
Jeremie Blain D 1992-03-19 22 Kalamzoo 10 2 2 4 0.40 -8 20 2.00 10.00% 6

  • The K-Wings are currently sitting in 11th in the
    ECHL Eastern Conference, and 5th in their division, with a record of
    9-12-1-1 good for 20 points in 23 games.
  • In the last week the Wings beat Gwinnett 4-1, Toledo 2-0 and
    then lost to Toledo 2-5.  This upcoming
    week the Wings play vs Fort Wayne and Toledo.
  • Curtis Valk continues to lead Kalamazoo in scoring.  This week he played in 3 games scoring 2
    goals and 1 assist as well as 5 shots on goal.
  • Ludwig “Prospect #0” Blomstrand played in 3 games scoring 1
    assist, earning a -1, and 5 shots on goal.
  • Dane Fox played in 3 games earning a -1, 0 points, 5 PIM and
    3 shots on goal.
  • Jeremie Blain played in 2 games scoring 1 assist, 4 PIM and
    0 shots on goal.
  • Patrick Kennedy is up to 12 points in 11 games played with Evansville Icemen.
  • Mitch Holmberg has not yet played a game in Elmira but could
    see action as early as tonight.

Here’s the latest from our Kalamazoo Insiderrrr Sarah Hobday (follow her on Twitter if you want all the latest in K-Wings updates):

  • Valk scored his 1st goal at home on Friday. Continues to impress. Plays well against guys much larger than him.
  • Fox replaced on the top line by Columbus Prospect Gergo Nagy over the
    weekend. But reunited with Blomstrand and Valk on the top PP unit. Fox
    is almost impossible to move from the front of the net during the PP.
  • Valk and Blomstrand used heavily on the PK in the last month.
  • So far this season Blomstrand has shown improvement in the defensive
    side of his game. Coach showing confidence in that by using him so much
    on the PK. Blomstrand looks very comfortable defending in his own end.
  • Blomstrand and Fox had some great scoring chances but puck luck wasn’t on their side. – Blain looked very strong and had lots of ice time with his return to Kzoo.
  • Brent

    So what happened to Fox? The ECHL is between the OHL/WHL/QMJHL and the AHL in difficulty, no? Seems a pretty big drop in his production for what should be a minor step in his career. Obviously he was overhyped, but still…

    • Brent

      I was also wondering about this…

      I had heard previously that his speed was going to be a major issue with regards to making that next jump in his career, but without context to some of these numbers, it’s impossible to know if that’s still the issue.

      I know he was over-hyped last year for sure, but I expected him to at least be able to hold down a bottom-six role in Utica. Clearly that’s not even close to being the case.

      Speaking of speed…. given the massive improvement in Bo Horvat’s skating after working with a skating coach on that all summer, why don’t the Canucks (and well, all teams really) invest in these kinds of skating coaches for their prospects? Seems like that might be a help for a guy like Dane Fox.

  • Brent

    Watched Hutton on TSN whatever the other day. Liked his offensive game. Pretty good puck mover, can be PP QB, but needs a bit of work in his own zone.

    HockeyDB has Forsling +3 on the season, you have him +9. Not sure which is correct.