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Canucks reassign Jonathan Dahlen to the Utica Comets

The Utica Comets are getting even more reinforcements today as the Canucks have reassigned forward Jonathan Dahlen to the AHL.

The full press release can be found below:

Dahlen was expected to be in Utica this season but was diagnosed with mono prior to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton. He did return in time to play some pre-season action for the Comets but it was decided that heading back to Sweden for the year was the best option for his development.

He was then loaned to Timra IK, with the expectation that he would head over to the SHL in January after fully recovering from the effects of mono.

When the time came to make a decision of which team to move to, Dahlen ultimately decided to stay with Timra with hopes of getting them promoted to the SHL through the promotion rounds. Those hopes became a reality as Timra stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Karlskrona in 7 games. Dahlen was a huge part of their success posting 14 points in 10 games, which led Timra.

He took a few days off to recoup before this re-assignment happened.

Utica will be really interesting to follow – as they close out their regular season this weekend and then prepare for the playoffs. They’ve added a huge influx in Canucks prospects with Lukas Jasek, Kole Lind, Nikolay Goldobin, Tyler Motte, Ashton Sautner, and now Jonathan Dahlen being added to the roster in the last few weeks.

Dahlen will likely be given every opportunity to earn more minutes this year as he is such a versatile player who can help anywhere in the lineup.

From a Canucks fans perspective, it’s awesome to see so many prospects make their way to the farm to close out the season.  The NHL season may be over here, but there is some playoff hockey to follow for fans.

It is worth noting that Dahlen is finishing the first year of his three year entry level contract.

  • Hurrah, something to do with the Vancouver Canucks.

    The lack of Canucks content on this site, makes me wonder why it’s called Canucksarmy. It should be renamed JD’s mailbag and his sidekick Bozo, who writes comments for the nation network full time now, by the looks of things. What a shameful way to drive up numbers.

    Canucksarmy can’t continue like this. Awful, just awful.

    • Ragnarok Ouroboros

      All the articles they used to write for this site, are now behind a paywall on TheAthletic.com. I agree, the content on this site has dropped substantially.

      • TD

        I thought about signing up for the athletic, but the negative and one sided slants by some of the authors here that also write there made me think it wouldn’t be worth it.

        • Dirty30

          It’s not — same negative garbage from JD and the other “writers” that cover the Canucks have the same mindset. Thankfully, if you enjoy other sports, there is actually decent coverage, interesting articles and debates among fans (few trolls so far).

          • North Van Halen

            They really needs to up it’s NFL game though. NHL & MLB has good local coverage almost everywhere. I like Pronman (though I almost always disagree with his rankings) and there’s quite a few Canuck authors so usually a couple Canuck articles a day. No real convo’s on the message boards.
            Unfortunately the NFL & NBA coverage is super lame. Not even half the NFL has local coverage including my ‘Hawks and little of the NBA. They also lack many really good NFL columnists. Should have been a natural landing spot for guys like John Clayton.
            They would really need to step up their NFL if they want me to renew.

    • St Albert

      “Awful” – but here you are, day after day bobbert like an annoying mutt nipping at JD’s ankles… seasonis over so get a life loser, or crawl back to your true obsession where you also post every day… Oilersnation – AB bob

      • @ st albert, also known as JD’s sidekick Bozo.

        Thanks for reading my comments on Oilersnation. Canucksarmy can learn plenty from Oilersnation. A site that actually contains Oilers content.

        Oilersnation is very good.

    • Holmes

      IMHO, this is a superb website. Little heavy on the analytics but in general, excellent. I do however notice that the content has slowed since the Sedins retired. But after a long season, think it’s reasonable that the writers chill a bit and hopefully pick the pace back up as legit news (comets, draft, free agency) ramps back up.

      • Canuck4Life20

        If you think this is a superb website you obviously weren’t on here a few years ago. When was the last time there was an analytics based article on here?

        • tyhee

          It’s unfortunate but this site has really fallen on hard times. Perhaps the most telling things are that a week after the end of the season we’ve received about half the mid-season prospect rankings series and Burke, who I consider quite a capable writer, shamelessly plugs a paid site in pretty much every article he writes.

          The site also has an identity problem now. A few years ago it was largely analytics based and they did a very good job of it-so good that they couldn’t keep writers as they were hired on elsewhere.

          Different kinds of readers enjoy different kinds of articles. To oversimplify somewhat, there are readers who come to this site for analytics and hard analysis of the type this site used to do well. Other readers come to enjoy and be happy. While the team is doing well and the future looks bright both kinds of fans can enjoy hard analysis because analysis will show the team doing well. While the team is doing poorly and the future is uncertain enough that some consider it bright and some consider it dark, you see soft cheering articles considered trash by analyzers and analysis considered unduly negative by those wanting to cheer their team on while they read.

          There’s nothing wrong with either kind of fan, though each kind tends to criticize the other. That was oversimplifying and most fans are somewhere in between (or have a bit of both ends) so there is a spectrum of fans from the pure analyzers to the pure optimists. When things aren’t going well it is difficult to write for both ends of the spectrum.

          This site used to be for analysis. Now it is partly that and partly softer materials. In trying to be all things to all people they make everyone unhappy, which is made worse when series can’t be completed and the guy in charge is plugging another site.

          To return to the topic of the article, I think we all (from both ends of the spectrum and all parts in between) are fascinated tro see what the Comets will look like over the coming weeks. it’s the first time we get to see most of the Canuck prospects who are signed to entry level contracts actually playing for their minor league team. (Juolevi may not make it, di Pietro won’t and Gadjovich probably won’t play, but pretty much everyone else of importance is now in Utica, taking into account that Pettersson, Palmu and Lockwood aren’t yet signed by the Canucks.) I’m really intrigued and looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Cull is going to have quite a mini-training camp going over the next few days, complete with three games which will act as his pre-season in trying to put his lineup for the playoffs together.

  • TD

    Lets hope Cull isn’t loyal to the players who got them into the playoffs. It was a great job by the team to get into the playoffs, but if they want to have a run they will need more talent. Moreover, I want to see the prospects get a good chance to develop by playing big minutes. This is more important for Dahlen as it will be his first time on the smaller ice surface (with the exception of possibly some tournaments), but if he would lead the Allsvenskan in scoring then he should be able to play big minutes in the NHL.

  • TD

    Lets hope Cull isn’t loyal to the players who got them into the playoffs. It was a great job by the team to get into the playoffs, but if they want to have a run they will need more talent. Moreover, I want to see the prospects get a good chance to develop by playing big minutes. This is more important for Dahlen as it will be his first time on the smaller ice surface (with the exception of possibly some tournaments), but if he would lead the Allsvenskan in scoring then he should be able to play big minutes in the AHL.

  • Kootenaydude

    Well I hope we start getting some info on our top prospects soon. At least the guy that reports the Utica gamesdoes a great job. Looking forward to following the Comets into the playoffs!

  • truthseeker

    Looks like he made the right choice sticking with Timra. I suspect the battling from 3-1 down and helping the team get promoted will be something that sticks with him and motivates him more than simply playing against slightly better competition in the higher league. Seems obvious he’s got the skills anyway.

    Hopefully his development continues and he can someday contribute for the canucks.

    • Kootenaydude

      Truthseeker why would someone give you two trashes?! The guy showed loyalty and will be remembered by future Timra players. Nothing worth trashing that’s for sure.

  • St Albert

    Stop trying to polish the non-playoff Canucks t(u)rd CA, watching the substandard AHL is akin to watching geeky teens play soccer in the park – I will stick with the NHL Playoffs thanks, fantastic intense hockey from 16 teams good enough to challenge for the Stanley Cup,, the nucks aren’t one of em.

    Get back to me when some of these Utica kids step up and make the NHL grade.