Canucks Reveal 2016 Young Stars Tournament Roster

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The Canucks just unveiled their roster for the 2016 Young Stars tournament in Penticton. While top prospect Brock Boeser will not be attending due to the NCAA restrictions, fans will get a chance to see the recent fifth overall pick, Olli Juolevi, and the presumed goalie of the future, Thatcher Demko, as well as a wealth of other prospects and invitees.

You can skip the release and see the official roster list here.

Defencemen

There are 11 defencemen on the roster, ten of which are already Canucks prospects, and the final player being Olivier Galipeau, who was previously at the Canucks development camp in Shawnigan Lake.

Olli Juolevi highlights a group of defensive prospects that is actually beginning to look fairly formidable. The list also includes 2016 draft pick Cole Candella, 2015 draft picks Guillaume Brisebois, Carl Neill and Tate Olson, 2014 selection Mackenze Stewart (he’s a defenceman again!), 2013 draft pick Jordan Subban, and free agent signings Troy Stecher, Ashton Sautner and Evan McEneny. Ryan Biech covered Galipeau (among others who aren’t returning) in his preview of the development camp defencemen here.

Here are the defencemen with the invitee, Galipeau, italicized:

# PLAYER Pos LEAGUE TEAM AGE HT GP G A Pts NHLe pGPS % pGPS P/82 pGPS R
67 Troy Stecher D NCAA Univ. of North Dakota 22 6’0″ 43 8 21 29 23 7% 28 2.2
48 Jordan Subban D AHL Utica Comets 21 5’9″ 67 11 25 36 21 44% 38 20.8
72 Olli Juolevi D OHL London Knights 18 6’3″ 57 9 33 42 19 41% 32 15.9
64 Carl Neill D QMJHL Sherbrooke Phoenix 20 6’3″ 64 8 42 50 17 6% 25 1.9
68 Tate Olson D WHL Prince George Cougars 19 6’3″ 65 9 38 47 16 31% 24 9.2
70 Cole Candella D OHL Hamilton Bulldogs  18 6’2″ 37 4 16 20 14 14% 27 4.6
61 Olivier Galipeau D QMJHL Val-d’Or Foreurs 19 6’1″ 56 9 28 37 14 9% 22 2.5
54 Evan McEneny D ECHL Kalamazoo Wings 22 6’3″ 36 1 24 25 13      
59 Guillaume Brisebois D QMJHL Acadie-Bathurst Titan 19 6’2″ 52 10 16 26 11 5% 24 1.5
71 Ashton Sautner D AHL Utica Comets 22 6’0″ 50 4 7 11 8 20% 24 5.8
51 Mackenze Stewart D WHL Tri-City Americans 21 6’3″ 36 5 6 11 7 3% 6 0.2

Forwards

14 forwards were selected to attend the tournament as Canucks, and they are considerably more of a mishmash than the defencemen. The list includes 2016 selections Jakob Stukel, Brett McKenzie, and Rodrigo Abols, 2015 selection Dmitry Zhukenov, 2013 draft choice Cole Cassels, and 2011 pick Joseph LaBate. Two free agent signings are also present – Yan-Pavel Laplante and Michael Carcone – as well as Curtis Valk, who has been contracted to the AHL’s Utica Comets for the past couple of years after attending previous development camps and tournaments.

Five other invitees round out the forward list, all but one of which were at the development camp in Shawnigan Lake in July: Tyler Coulter, Kyle Maksimovich, Danny Moynihan, Marc-Olivier Roy and my personal favourite, Alexis D’Aoust. Since we’ve seen many of these names before, you can read Ryan Biech’s preview of the forward here for more in depth analysis.

# PLAYER Pos LEAGUE TEAM Age HT GP G A Pts NHLe pGPS % pGPS P/82 pGPS R
41 Alexis D’Aoust RW QMJHL Shawinigan Cataractes 20 6’0″ 68 44 54 98 31 11% 46 6.3
58 Michael Carcone C QMJHL Drummondville Voltigeurs 20 5’8″ 66 47 42 89 29 2% 67 1.7
73 Kyle Maksimovich LW OHL Erie Otters 18 5’9″ 68 27 44 71 27 11% 52 7.0
79 Danny Moynihan C/LW QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads 20 6’0″ 67 36 34 70 22 1% 44 0.3
74 Yan-Pavel Laplante LW/C QMJHL Gatineau Olympiques 21 6’0″ 63 34 31 65 22 1% 44 0.4
77 Brett McKenzie C/LW OHL North Bay Battalion 19 6’2″ 66 26 27 53 21 15% 28 5.0
43 Curtis Valk C AHL Utica Comets 23 5’9″ 12 2 4 6 19 13% 24 4.0
34 Jakob Stukel LW WHL Vancouver Giants 19 6’0″ 69 36 24 60 19 7% 39 3.5
80 Dmitry Zhukenov C QMJHL Chicoutimi Saguenéens 19 5’11” 64 15 42 57 19 4% 46 2.4
78 Tyler Coulter LW WHL Brandon Wheat Kings 19 6’0″ 69 22 37 59 19 6% 28 1.9
57 Marc-Olivier Roy C/W AHL Bakersfield Condors 21 6’0″ 42 8 12 20 18 24% 33 9.8
49 Rodrigo Abols C WHL Portland Winterhawks 20 6’4″ 62 20 29 49 17 9% 25 2.9
62 Joseph Labate C AHL Utica Comets 23 6’4″ 66 10 10 20 12 13% 21 3.3
52 Cole Cassels C/RW AHL Utica Comets 21 6’0″ 67 2 5 7 4 13% 19 3.0

Goaltenders

The goaltending looks stronger than it has in the history of the tournament, with Thatcher Demko, the NCAA’s most valuable netminder in 2015-16, at one end, and Michael Garteig, a free agent signing and backstopper of the NCAA championship finalists, Quinnipiac University, at the other. Coming in as a pretty clear third wheel is invitee Rylan Parenteau, who also attended the Canucks development camp in July (more from Ryan Biech, again, here).

# PLAYER LEAGUE TEAM AGE HEIGHT WEIGHT GP Record GAA SO
35 Thatcher Demko NCAA Boston College 20 6’3″ 195 39 27-8-4 1.88 10
75 Michael Garteig NCAA Quinnipiac U. 24 6’0″ 190 43 32-4-7 1.91 8
76 Rylan Parenteau WHL Prince Albert Raiders 19 6’0″ 189 55 25-17-6 2.82 3

The Schedule

We already knew the schedule, but I won’t make you poor people go and try to find it again. Here you go:

Friday, Sept. 16 – 7:30pm: Vancouver vs. Edmonton

Sunday, Sept. 18 – 2:00pm: Vancouver vs. Winnipeg

Monday, Sept. 19 – 3:00pm: Vancouver vs. Calgary

Not that anyone cares, but can I just say that I hate this schedule? School is back in session and I have a kid in kindergarten, so this whole Friday night and Monday afternoon thing is bogus. What’s the deal with no games on Saturday? Awful.

The Outlook

The Canucks have been putting this tournament on for six years now, and never before have they looked so strong on defence and in net. I mean, it’s been a couple of years since they could actually bring a real prospect to this thing, with piles of invitees filling in between the pipes in recent years. And even before that, don’t get me wrong, I like Eddie Lack, but he’s no Demko.

That being said, this is pretty clearly the least impressive group of forwards they have ever sent to the tournament. While most years’ tournaments are populated with highly touted forward prospects like Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann, Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, Brendan Gaunce, and Nicklas Jensen, a combination of graduation and trades have left with no first round picks to send to Penticton. In fact, the highest drafted player among the forward group is Cole Cassels, picked 85th overall in 2013, and he just happens to be coming off of a brutal year. Add to that that the NCAA is preventing Brock Boeser and two of the Canucks other more intriguing forward prospects, Adam Gaudette and Will Lockwood, from attending, and things are looking pretty sparse up front.

So if the Canucks’ prospects are intending to put on any sort of for a Penticton crowd which is still technically within their jurisdiction of fandom, it’s likely going to be more of the goal saving than goal scoring variety. At least they can be thankful that some of the fire power from last year, like Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, Calgary’s Sam Bennett, and Winnipeg’s Nikolai Ehlers, won’t be back after graduating to the NHL. Instead, they’ll just have to contend with the new crop: Edmonton’s Jesse Puljujarvi, Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine (actually, Laine won’t be there since he’s at the World Cup, but still). Welp.

Western Canadian teams suck, by the way.

The tournament starts one week from today, and single game and double header tickets are still available from www.valleyfirsttix.com. Grab ’em if you can! These tournaments tend to be entertaining even if there’s less flash up front than in previous years.

  • TheRealPB

    Garteig, as the stats you embedded show, played for Quinnipiac, not Michigan. Michigan wasn’t a finalist in the Frozen Four, Denver, Quinnipiac, Boston College, and North Dakota were. ND beat Garteig and Quinnipiac, with Stecher and Boeser joining Caggiula in having stellar playoffs.

    • Ah! This was clearly a test, and you have passed. Good job.

      See, I should know that because I watched all of the Frozen Four tournament. Hell, I subscribed to TSN2 specifically for the purposes of watching the tournament.

      • TheRealPB

        No need to be snarky. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk. It’s not my fault that I happen to see bunch of NCAA games where I am. Given the number of US college players we have as high end prospects you might even consider getting CA to pony up for the NCAA network access, what with trying to be a proper hockey blog and all. US College hockey has come a long way the last few years and it’s nice to be able to see that in full games, not just from a bunch of youtube clips. Getting to see both Demko and Garteig play in a bunch of games up close makes me think both are definitely the real deal. Demko in particular is amazingly quick in his lateral movement for a guy who is so big, especially after the surgery. He’s so calm too. He’ll be a great backup for Markstrom in a couple of years and Garteig right behind him.

        • Someone is ridiculously touchey (Hint: it’s you.) it’s pretty clear to anyone with a shred of intelligence that Mr. Davies was attempting to have fun with you by saving face. I thought it charming, while you are clearly an incredibly sensitive, and without an ounce of determinable intelligence. Yep, one might even say ‘stupid,’ but I am not so inconsiderate…. ;p

          • TheRealPB

            I like where you’re going with this. Very astute, you’ve got me absolutely pegged. I’m glad you’re able to stand up for Davis, even if you can’t spell his name. Well done, and I certainly will feel shame for having been so well shown up.

          • SISMIM

            LEAVE HIM ALONE !! You triggered him and displayed micro aggression.. you are a facist .I hope he has a safe room and some silly puddy to work out the trauma , we need all pray for his recovery.

  • andyg

    Our defense should be solid and has the ability to produce some offense. Goal tending could be a high light. I disagree with your take on the forward group. They have brought in a few invitees who clearly no how to put the puck in the net.

    D’Aoust , Carcone , Laplante , Stukel and Moynihan should all be fun to watch.Put them together with Juolevi , Subban and Stecher.

    Just glad to have hockey back.

  • Off topic: Loui Eriksson scores again. Eriksson is a really nice addition to the Vancouver Canucks. Loui with the twins is going to work well. These guys can play.

    World cup hockey is fun to watch. I didn’t think it would be, but yesterday changed my mind. Kesler is a dirty bastard.(Wish he was still here)

  • andyg

    Given that Horvat and Jake have already graduated to the NHL and Boeser/Gaudette/Lockwood are NCAA bound, I don’t have an issue with the make-up of this roster. You build a team from the net out, unless you want a decade+ of rebuilding/tanking futility (see Oilers).

    It should be instructive to see if Cassels, Abols and Zhukenov can make any headway against their NHL-bound peers.

  • The Canucks defensive prospects don’t necessarily have a lot of star power, but there are potential for a few decent players there if a few of them pan out. I’m talking about everyone aside from Juolevi, of course…

    Pretty happy to see the depth the Canucks have accumulated on defense.

    The forwards, on the other hand……..

  • SISMIM

    Wondering what happened with Carcone’s pGPS numbers? He was previously listed (in Ryan Biech’s piece on the development camp invitees) with a 15.2% pGPS% and 0.49 pGPS P/GP. Now you have him at 2% pGPS% and 67 pGPS P/82 (or 0.82 P/GP)