Mackenze Stewart returns to defence
#Canucks prospect Mackenze Stewart will be going back to playing defence from now on.
— Tyson Giuriato (@TysonGiuriato) July 5, 2016
Some news out of Canucks development camp, was that 2014 7th round pick Mackenze Stewart will be returning to play defence. He struggled at times to make a noticeable impact last season, after being moved up to forward, so it makes sense that he would go back to his natural position.
Since he usually plays the left side, there is an opportunity there to carve out a role as a ‘tough stay-at-home’ defenceman for the Comets next season.
The Carcone Chronicles
Late last week, JD Burke was informed that Michael Carcone, who was at Canucks development camp was expected to be signed to an entry level contract with the Canucks.
— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) July 9, 2016
Well, it still hasn’t happened.
Carcone was listed as attending Florida Panthers development camp, which opened this week, until Sunday night. He was then removed from the most recent roster on the Panthers website, and has not been there.
Now we wait.
I spoke about Carcone before Canucks camp started, and he is an intriguing player that seems to be worth a gamble of an ELC.
Vanessa Jang did a great job here, collecting quotes and information from people at Canucks development camp.
Troy Stecher, Olli Juolevi and William Lockwood were players who got some praise for how they looked this past week. Alexis D’Aoust, who was a player who I am personally high on, also received some good reviews. I won’t be surprised to see him invited to Young Stars in Penticton in September.
Lastly, Jasek received some praise – everyone here at Canucksarmy has always been a fan of his game. He has been making a mockery of the Czech junior league and has held his own in the Extraliga. He didn’t get drafted in the CHL import draft and still is under contract with HC Trinec, so I would expect him to return to Czech Republic next season.
David Shields and Derek Hulak signs with Utica
The Utica Comets continue to fill out their roster with two signings this week – adding defenceman David Shields and forward Derek Hulak.
— Utica Comets (@UticaComets) July 7, 2016
David Shields signs with the #Comets.
— Utica Comets (@UticaComets) July 11, 2016
We will be back when we have some more of the smaller stories worth compiling.