Courtesy: Sarah Hobday
We are back with another edition
of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report where I dig into all the latest stats,
rumours, gossip, news, achievements, and even made up stories from around the
different junior hockey leagues. We look into the play of all (non-AHL) Canucks prospects from the CHL, NCAA, Europe, and
even the ECHL.
Without further ado, continue
past the jump to see what went down!
|Jared McCann||C||1996-05-31||18||Sault Ste. Marie||54||33||44||77||1.43||25||27||35|
|Miles Liberati||D||1995-06-21||19||North Bay||65||11||26||37||0.57||17||41||14|
|MacKenze Stewart||D||1995-08-10||19||Prince Albert||63||5||6||11||0.17||-5||105||4|
Cassels played in 2 games this week scoring 1 goal and 2 assists, earning a +4
and 2 PIMs. Cassels is currently scoring an estimated 2.17 Even-Strength Points per 60 minutes of play (ES P60).
McCann did not play this week with his broken hand. He is currently scoring at an estimated rate of 2.39
Even-Strength Points per 60.
Virtanen had a good week, in 3 games he scored 1 goal and 2 assists to earn a
+1 and 4 PIMs. His estimated ES P60 is 7th
best in the WHL, and first on his team, at 2.6 points/60.
Subban had 3 games this week where he scored 1 goal and 1 assist and earned a
-4. Thomas Drance ensures us that hewill be signed by the Canucks as soon as Belleville is done for the season
(likely in the next two or three weeks).
McEneny scored 2 assists and a +2 in 3 games with Kingston this week.
signed Ashton Saunter played in 2 games this week earning 2 PIMs.
Liberati played 3 games this week scoring 1 assist and a -2.
- Kyle Pettit
skated in 2 games with Erie this week.
- A heavy
load this week for Anton Cederholm who played in 4 games and scored 2 goals
earning a +2 and 8 PIMs.
- 3 games on
the schedule for MacKenze Stewart who earned a -2 and 4 PIMs.
|Patrick McNally||D||1991-12-04||23||ECAC / Harvard||18||5||13||18||1.00||15||45||2.50||11.11%||34|
|Ben Hutton||D||1993-04-20||21||Hockey East / Maine||39||9||12||21||0.54||-15||115||2.95||7.83%||18|
|Joseph LaBate||F||1993-04-16||21||Big 10 / Wisconsin||34||6||12||18||0.53||-17||96||2.82||6.25%||18|
|Matthew Beattie||F||1992-12-14||22||ECAC / Yale||16||0||3||3||0.19||5||18||1.13||0.00%||6|
|Mike Williamson||D||1993-09-05||21||Big 10 / Penn State||15||1||1||2||0.13||-1||17||1.13||5.88%||4|
McNally has returned to Harvard after a right knee injury on January 23rd
that seemingly had written off his season.
He has since played 3 games for Harvard scoring 1 goal and 1 assist,
earning a +1 and 5 shots on goal. As the Crimson wrote:
The most surprising addition to the lineup was
McNally. After injuring his right knee at Cornell on Jan. 23, the fourth-year
blue liner had ruled out the possibility of returning during the regular season
yet held out hope that a successful rehabilitation would allow him to return in
a late postseason round.
McNally, who leads all Crimson defensemen in
goals, assists, and points despite playing in only 16 games this year, returned
to non-contact skates two weeks ago and participated in his first full-contact
practice on Wednesday. On Saturday, McNally reunited with junior defensive pair
Desmond Bergin to provide an immediate impact on the Crimson back line.
Although perhaps a step slower on the back check
than usual, McNally picked up where he left off in his stickhandling, passing,
and forechecking game, and he gained strength as the night progressed.
- Ben Hutton has
finished his time at Maine as the Black Bears will not make the post-season in
the NCAA tournament. He has since signed with the Canucks and should appear in Utica shortly.
- Joseph LaBate has
played in 2 games with Wisconsin this week where he scored 2 assists and found
10 shots on goal.
- Matthew Beattie
did not play in a game this week.
- Mike Williamson
played in 2 Penn State games this week earning a -1 and finding 2 shots on
|Thatcher Demko||G||1995-12-08||19||H-East / Boston College||34||2||2047||73||2.14||19-12-3||927||92.70%|
had 3 games this week making 32 of 34 saves, 22 of 24 saves and 22 of 23 saves,
including this incredible save, bringing his save percentage to .927. He is currently sitting at 17th
in NCAA save percentage.
|Nikita Tryamkin||D||1994-08-04||20||KHL / Avtomobilist||58||1||5||6||0.10||3||60||1.03||1.67%||35||14:15||7|
- Nikita Tryamkin
did not play this week as his team is done for the season.
|Curtis Valk||C||1993-02-08||22||Kalamzoo Wings||31||11||19||30||0.97||8||78||2.52||14.10%||12|
|Ludwig Blomstrand||LW||1993-03-08||22||Kalamzoo Wings||44||25||11||36||0.82||-6||135||3.07||18.52%||22|
|Dane Fox||F||1993-10-13||21||Kalamzoo Wings||58||24||13||37||0.64||-4||156||2.69||15.38%||75|
|Jeremie Blain||D||1992-03-19||22||Kalamzoo Wings||37||4||20||24||0.65||2||74||2.00||5.41%||34|
- Ludwig Blomstrand
played in 4 games this week scoring 3 goals, and finding 12 shots on goal with
- Dane Fox scored 2
goals and 2 assists in 4 games, earning a +1 and 13 shots on goal with 4 PIMs.
- Jeremie Blain
scored 5 assists in 4 games this week on 8 shots on goal.
- Patrick Kennedy
was a -5 and earned 6 PIMs in 2 games with Kalamazoo this week after being
re-assigned by Utica.
- Mitch Holmberg is
on the 21 day injured reserve list.
Insiderrr, Sarah Hobday, watched the wings this week and had this to say:
- Pat Conacher was
at the games Saturday and Sunday in Reading to watch the prospects.
- All three weekend
games were like watching playoff hockey with higher intensity and more physical
play. The score Friday night was not representative of the game. Kzoo played
extremely well but the goalie let in two soft goals and Wheeling scored on an empty
net as well.
- Patrick Kennedy
joined Kzoo on Saturday. I was not impressed by his first game – too many
mistakes. Mostly I think this was due to him never practicing or playing with
this team. Looked much better in the game on Sunday. Was on the second line and
used on both the PP and PK.
- Blomstrand had
one of his strongest and most complete games I have ever seen him play on
Saturday. Scored two pretty goals to help lead the team to victory.
- Blomstrand had
his first pro fight on Sunday. He handled himself well.
- Reading players
were taking cheapshots at Fox throughout the game Sunday. Fox kept his cool and
did not retaliate. Showed off his speed and nice hands when scoring on a
- Blomstrand and
Fox remain on the top line and have great chemistry together.
- Blain and
Lafranchise are the top D pair and used in all situation. Both had fairly solid
|Joe Cannata||G||1990-01-02||25||Ontario Reign||20||1189||41||2.07||11-6-0-2||517||92.65%||1|
- Joe Canatta had a
light week this week playing in 1 game and stopping 15 of 16 shots to bring his
save percentage up to .927. He still has
not played enough minutes (min 1200) to qualify for the top goaltender
statistics – but if he was he would be ranked 2nd in the ECHL.
- As we look towards the draft, ESPN Prospect Scout Corey Pronman released his first mock draft projecting the Canucks to draft LW Paul Bittner out of Portland (Insider Paywall).
I could see Bittner going anywhere from No. 15 to No. 25 on draft day.
He came into the season as a very likely top-20 pick, and while he’s
performed well, I don’t think he’s wowed some sections of the scouting
world in his third WHL season. Bittner is a skilled big man — 6-foot-4,
194 pounds — with high-end skating abilities. The Canucks have
traditionally liked multidimensional players from the CHL, but with new
management, those trends could change.
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