Blackfish is the name of a semi-famous documentary. Released in 2013, the film followed one of the captive killer whales in the world famous Sea World, and touched on the horrific conditions the whales have to live in and the constant stresses they are under. Blackfish can be compared metaphorically to the prospects in the Canucks system, in the sense that they are kept captive, constantly abused, and only the strongest are able to emerge, be happy and become a full-time NHLer. With that considered, let’s look at this week’s update of baby killer whales in the system.
Canadian Hockey League
|Carl Neill||D||96-07-06||19||Carl Neill||13||2||10||12||0.92||4||20||20||29||6.90%||2.23|
|Tate Olson||D||97-03-21||18||Prince George||10||0||8||8||0.80||2||11||18||x||x||x|
- Carl Neill continues to be heavily involved, he skated in two games this week and picked up assists, earned six penalty minutes, was a +6 and took five shots on net.
- Tate Olson is currently injured and listed with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. He did play one game this past week, where he took a penalty and was a +1.
- Dmitry Zhukenov skated in three games this week earning an assist, a +2 rating, and taking four shots on goal.
- Kyle Pettit skated in three games and earned zeros across the board. In positive news, he had eight shots on goal!
- Guillaume Brisebois had a less than exciting week. He picked up an assist, a penalty, three shots on goal, and was a -3.
|Brock Boeser||RW||97-02-25||18||North Dakota||6||4||2||6||1.00||6||25||4.17||16.00%||2|
|Mike Williamson||D||93-09-05||22||Penn State||3||0||0||0||0||-3||7||2.33||0.00%||4|
- This past week the top rated NCAA team, the University of North Dakota, faced Vermont twice winning 2-0 and 5-2. In these two games, Brock Boeser scored a goal, had two assists, took nine shots on net and was a +2. It’s still early in the season, but if he can sustain this rate (which is definitely possible) then the Canucks need to heavily consider signing him this summer. Tiny Drancer wrote about Brock Boeser this week, saying everything I have been in this series.
- Northeastern played two games this past week losing 4-0 and 4-3 to Minnesota. In this pair of games, Adam Gaudette earned his first NCAA point (an assist), took four shots on goal, took a penalty and was a -2.
- Penn State won their pair of games this weekend with scores of 8-3 and 5-3 vs American International. Mike Williamson did not play in either game.
- Yale will play their first game of the year on Friday vs. Princeton.
|Thatcher Demko||G||95-12-08||19||Boston College||5||298:35||3||117||114||0.974||0.6||4-1-0||3|
- Thatcher Demko put up another pair of shutouts against Colorado College on the weekend stopping a total of 45 shots against. He is now 2nd in the NCAA in save percentage amongst all goaltenders with a .974 (and first in GAA). He is definitely a candidate to be signed by the Canucks this summer. Demko is approaching historic records with his current shutout streak and was the BC Eagles’ Male Athlete of the Week. It’s nice to see some of the other Canucks blogs finally touch on 1% of the prospect coverage we have been giving for the past 3 years. Demko recently was chatting with News 1130 Sports and had this quote on his injury and turning pro:
“It was a frustrating summer after surgery, but I’m feeling better than I did last year. I’m stronger mentally, I’m more mature in net after doing some exercises and reading some books this summer…I just have to focus on this season. If I focus elsewhere, my play will suffer. I take pride in being the one of the best goalies in the country. It helps to be on a great team.”
|Nikita Tryamkin||D||94-08-04||21||KHL / Avtomobilist||24||1||3||4||0.17||-5||38||1.58||2.63%||8||17:11|
|Lucas Jasek||F||97-08-28||18||Czech / Trinec||9||0||1||1||0.11||-1||3||0.33||0.00%||6||7:27|
- Only two games this week for Nikita Tryamkin> He was a -1, had two shots on goal, and averaged about fifteen and a half minutes per game.
- Lukas Jasek had no games this week, in any league in the Czech system.
- Ludwig Blomstrand still leads the Canucks prospects in scoring in the ECHL. In two games this week he had an assist, was a -2, and took a penalty. It’s early, but I suspect he won’t be re-signed after this year.
- Dane Fox skated in two games this week earning his first ECHL point on the year, along with picking up two shots on net and earning six penalty minutes.
- Anton Cederholm played his first pair of ECHL games, and picked up an assist, along with two shots on goal and a -1 rating..
- Evan McEneny was assigned to Kalamazoo. This move does not surprise me as I figured between Sautner, Cederholm and McEneny that Sauter would be the “best” of the three to remain in Utica.
Courtesy of OneCanuck.com