We have finally finished the Canucks Army midterm prospect voting, where we reviewed all Canucks prospects to see how they have progressed over the half season, and updated our rankings on them. Since we normally have vocal complains that people are not happy with the voting results or from the writers this time we decided to give you the readers a say.
Continue past the jump to see how our voting went down.
Players also receiving votes include:
Since our summer rankings, we’ve
simplified the definition of “prospect” to any player in the Vancouver
Canucks’ system that is eligible for the Calder Trophy if they were to
play in the NHL this year. This means that players like Linden Vey and
Joacim Eriksson who were not rated over the summer were covered in
Our intent on voting was to rank prospects both on their perceived ceiling and by their likelihood of success. With that I think the final results were fairly reasonable for a crowd sourced opinion. When it comes to prospects it is very difficult as people tend to remember players in the recent short activities (or lack thereof) than their entire history.
The only tie was between Frank Corrado and Jared McCann, the tie breaker was based on the prospect with the highest vote. This was Frank Corrado who received a 2 from myself. (Editor’s note: Josh is wrong – signed, Rhys)
The biggest fall of prospects likely goes to Ben Hutton who dropped from 8th in the summer to 13th. This is likely a result of his lack of goal scoring this year. This is not a surprise given how bad Maine has been this year combined with Hutton’s shooting percentages.
Gustav Forsling was the biggest climb jumping almost 5 places which was a direct result of his outstanding performance at the Worlds Juniors, drawing attention to himself. This jump payed off big time for Vancouver, as they were able to grab NHL-ready Adam Clendening from the Chicago Blackhawks in a shrewd move by Jim Benning.
Ronalds Kenins was able to be voted on, but the only person to give him any love was Thomas Drance voting him at 18th. This is likely because at the time of voting no one expected him to be given an NHL opportunity any time soon. Of course after the voting, with a rash of injuries, Kenins was the first to be called up and so far has performed spectacularly and likely has been penciled into the line up for a little while longer.
That wraps up the midterm prospect ranking and review. It was a fun experiment to include the readers votes. We will likely do this again this summer after the draft with the new batch of prospects.