Canucks Army Prospect Report – January 21th, 2015

Welcome back to another edition of our weekly Canucks Army Prospect Report.  Most prospects are in action with a few players sitting on the side due to injuries.  We have all the latest news and stats for our prospects so without wasting any more time, continue past the jump to get all the details!

Ontario Hockey League

Name Pos DOB Age Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Cole Cassels C 1995-05-04 19 Oshawa 32 16 35 51 1.59 17 69
Jared McCann C 1996-05-31 18 Sault Ste. Marie 35 17 28 45 1.29 10 19
Jordan Subban D 1995-03-15 19 Belleville 43 17 19 36 0.84 -2 44
Evan McEneny D 1994-05-22 20 Kingston 41 4 24 28 0.68 1 38
Kyle Pettit C 1996-01-18 19 Erie 39 13 6 19 0.49 -3 6
Miles Liberati D 1995-06-21 19 North Bay 40 5 13 18 0.45 10 29

  • Cole Cassels played in 3 games, scoring 3 points (1
    goal, 2 assists), earning a +2 and 4 PIM.
  • Jared McCann played in 2 games and scored 1 goal and 4
    assists, and earned a +2.  He will likely
    see an increase in production for the rest of the season due to the influx of
    talent, including Nick Ritchie and Anthony DeAngelo, the Soo picked up at the trade deadline.  Metro Vancouver have noticed McCann as he is outscoring Jake Virtanen.
  • Jordan Subban played in 3 games and scored 2 goals to go with
    his -1 and 4 PIM.  He continues to lead
    his team in scoring.  GM Jim Benning said the Canucks are excited about Jordan Subban and expect to sign him before the deadline.
  • Evan McEneny skated in 3 games with Kingston and scored 3
    assists, a -1 and 2 PIM.
  • Miles Liberati played in 3 games and scored 1 goal and 1
    assist, earning 4 PIM.
  • Kyle Pettit skated in 2 games and scored 1 goal and 1 assist
    to earn a -1.

Western Hockey League

Name Pos DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM
Jake Virtanen LW 1996-08-17 18 Calgary 24 10 15 25 1.04 4 40
Anton Cederholm D 1995-02-21 19 Portland 44 6 4 10 0.23 4 58
Mackenze Stewart D 1995-08-10 19 Prince Albert 41 2 5 7 0.17 -3 77
  • Jake Virtanen played in 1 game and earned 2 PIM.  TSN ranked the top 30 affiliated prospects and the Canucks didn’t have a single player on the list, though they consider Virtanen as the Canuck’s top prospect not yet in the NHL. Virtanen was ranked as ESPN Scout Corey Pronman’s 19th best prospect [Insider Article].  Here’s what Pronman said about Virtanen:

Jake’s statistics have not been overwhelming at the WHL level this
season, after scoring 45 goals as a draft-eligible last season, but
there’s still a ton to like about his game. His skating is elite, he has
a good skill level, has a great shot and although he’s average in size,
he hits like a truck. He can work on some of his decisions, but he has
the tools to excite and create offense when nothing is seemingly there.

  • Anton Cederholm skated in 3 games, scored 1 assist and
    earned a +4.
  • Mackenze Stewart skated in 2 games and earned a -2.

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 14 4 12 16 1.14 14 39 2.79 10.26% 6
Ben Hutton D 1993-04-20 21 Hockey East / Maine 24 5 8 13 0.54 -9 66 2.75 7.58% 8
Joseph LaBate F 1993-04-16 21 Big 10 / Wisconsin 17 2 6 8 0.47 -8 40 2.35 5.00% 30
Matthew Beattie F 1992-12-14 22 ECAC / Yale 15 0 2 2 0.13 4 17 1.13 0.00% 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

  • Patrick McNally did not play in either Harvard game this
    week.
  • Ben Hutton played in 2 games and notched 6 shots on goal.
  • Joseph LaBate played in 2 games, scored 1 assist, fired 2
    shots on net, earned a -1 and 12 PIM.
  • Matthew Beattie played in 2 games and notched 3 shots on
    goal.
  • Mike Williamson did not play in either Penn State game this
    week.
    Name Pos DOB Age School GP Assists Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv%
    Thatcher Demko G 1995-12-08 19 H-East / Boston College 20 2 1207 43 2.14 11-7-2 551 92.76%
    • Thatcher Demko played in 2 games making 31 of 33 saves in
      both games.  Demko is currently T-17 in
      the NCAA
      in save percentage
      .  Demko continues his dances moves, this time on-ice to “Shake It Off“.

    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 32 3 2 5 0.16 6 56 1.75 5.36% 8 18:08
    Nikita Tryamkin D 1994-08-04 20 KHL / Avtomobilist 45 1 3 4 0.09 1 49 1.09 2.04% 27 14:33

    • Nikita Tryamkin played in 3 games, had no RTSS stats and saw
      his ice time continue to massively decline.
    • Gustav Forsling played in 2 games, was a +1 and had 4 shots
      on goal.  He saw his ice time decline but
      he is currently 2nd in TOI in the SHL of all “juniors”, right behind
      William Nylander.

    ECHL

    ECHL Pos DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG S/G Sh% PIM
    Curtis Valk C 1993-02-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 28 11 18 29 1.04 7 70 2.50 15.71% 12
    Ludwig Blomstrand LW 1993-03-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 25 10 10 20 0.80 -1 61 2.44 16.39% 14
    Dane Fox F 1993-10-13 21 Kalamzoo Wings 31 11 7 18 0.58 -3 71 2.29 15.49% 44
    Jeremie Blain D 1992-03-19 22 Kalamzoo Wings 20 3 8 11 0.55 -6 36 1.80 8.33% 8

    • Curtis Valk  played in
      3 games scoring 2 assists, earning a +4, and 6 shots on goal.
    • Ludwig Blomstrand is injured and did not play a game this
      week.  He is listed as week-to-week and
      nothing is broken.
    • Dane Fox has been picking up the slack from Blomstrand.  In 3 games, Fox has scored 4 goals and 1
      assist, earned a +1, fired 13 shots on goal and added 6 PIM.
    • Jeremie Blain played in 3 games, scoring 1 goal and 2
      assists, earning a +4 and 6 shots on goal.
    • Patrick Kennedy has scored 18 points in 18 games for the
      Evansville IceMen.  He is currently 4th
      on the team despite playing half as many games as the three skaters ahead of
      him.
    • Mitch Holmberg has scored 9 points in 13 games with Elmira
      this season.
      Name Pos DOB Age Team GP Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv% SO
      Joe Cannata G 1990-01-02 25 Ontario Reign 12 727 24 1.98 7-3-0-2 301 92.62% 1
      • Joe Cannata
        played in two games this week making 31 of 33 saves and 30 of 33 saves.  He is sitting at a .926 save-percentage on
        the year.

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      • wojohowitz

        McCann looks to have some Kent `MagicMan` Nilsson in him. He will have a four or five point game and then disappear for four or five games. Benning seems to have a very narrow expectation from young players. He wants consistency more than talent. That`s why they have treated Kassian so poorly…and what have they done to Hunter Shinkaruk. Five goals and eight assists in 30 games. They are trying to turn him into a fourth line grinder instead of what he might become – a goal scoring machine.

        I see both McNally and Hutton made the long list for the Hobie Baker Award.

      • jung gun

        Man, I am seriously disappointed in the pick of Virtanen. He’s just not living up to the potential.

        In semi-recent CanucksArmy articles, it’s been said that a future first liner should be putting up numbers above a low-water mark of 1.25 in their draft season, and then improving on that thereafter.

        Virtanen has failed to do this. I am worried. Third liner grinder glory is not what the team needs.

        That said, I’ll put a question out: should the team be building from the bottom up?

        What I mean is, should we develop a core of grinding, committed, aggressive, and competitive players who can be augmented by skilled acquisitions via trade or the draft? Or, should we draft for skill first, and build grit later?

        Also, I am disheartened by the content of the blog lately. It’s seriously devolved since I started paying attention a year ago. I’m sad about this. Now all my bus rides are spent wondering why there isn’t more analysis, instead of being provoked to think about potential moves and strategies the ‘Nucks could implement.

        • jung gun

          Consternation. My $5 word of the day!
          In all honesty, I have always been puzzled by the organization’s desire to coach/develop to the lowest common denominator (ie. let’s turn everybody into checking drones). Here’s a thought. How about we play to the strengths of each prospect? No point turning a slick goal scorer into a anything else than the BEST slick goal scorer that they can be. Brent Hull and Luc Robitaille sure made careers out of being one dimensional players.

          PS. Any pone know if Steamer is still in charge of player development? Would explain alot…