Earlier today, News 1130 AM’s Rick Dhaliwal reported that Canucks’ prospect Alexandre Grenier’s time as a Canuck could be at an end. Dhaliwal adds that the Canucks told Grenier’s agent they may call him on July 1st, but it doesn’t sound terribly likely.
Alexander Grenier's agent has been told the #Canucks may call him on July 1st but it looks like his days in Vancouver are over.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) June 19, 2017
The Canucks drafted Grenier in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and he’s been in their organization since. Grenier, 25-years-old, just completed his fourth full season with the Canucks’ farm team, the Utica Comets. In 69 games with the Comets last season, Grenier chipped in with 45 points (17 goals and 28 assists).
Over the course of multiple recalls to the Canucks, Grenier’s played in nine NHL contests and is yet to score a point. It’s beginning to look as though Grenier’s exiting the realm of being a legitimate NHL prospect and venturing closer into AHL-to-NHL ‘tweener.
When we look at Grenier’s last season with the Comets, only 11.1% of the 27 players in his pGPS (Prospect Graduation Probabilities System) developed into full-time NHL’ers. It’s possible that Grenier just needs a change of scenery and an extended chance to prove himself. More likely, he’s just not cut out for the NHL.