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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – October 11th, 2018

With Canadian Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, the Canucks prospect season has fully kicked into gear.

The University of Michigan had a regular season and exhibition game this past weekend and the Utica Comets got their AHL season going.

A recent draft pick returned from injury and another is flirting with an OHL record.

All of that and more in this week’s Blackfish!

All of the images below are from Eliteprospects.

Canada

WHL

  • Last week, I wondered if there was an update about Jett Woo. Someone in the comment section was nice enough to point me in the direction of the WHL weekly update, that I had previously been unaware of. The next day, Woo returned to the Warriors lineup. He appeared in two games over the past week, picking up one secondary assist. He has been seeing time on the left side of the first powerplay unit but playing regularly on the right-side in 5v5. He’s already shown the willingness to be physical despite just returning from injury.

OHL

  • Matt Brassard with one goal over the two games this past week. His goal can be found below:

  • Michael Dipietro picked up his 16th career shutout in the OHL. That ties him for the most shutouts in an OHL career.

United States

USHL

  • Since our last update, Matthew Thiessen made 27 saves in Dubuque’s 3-2 OT loss to Cedar Rapids. They play again on Saturday versus Omaha.

NCAA

  • William Lockwood picked up one goal against the University of Vermont in Michigan’s NCAA season opener. He followed the up with one goal and one assist in an exhibition contest against Waterloo (USports – CAN). He was flying in the game against Vermont on the Wolverines first line. His goal from that game is below:

  • Quinn Hughes was held off the scoresheet in that game against Vermont but picked up one assist in the exhibition game vs Waterloo.
  • Tyler Madden and Jack Rathbone have not started their season yet.

Europe

Russia

  • Artyom Manukyan was held off the scoresheet in all three games that he played. They are playing right now as the puck dropped between Avangard and Slovan at 9:30 AM PT.
  • Nikita Tryamkin picked up one goal and one assist over three contests this past week.
  • Dmitry Zhukenov has still only appeared in one VHL contest this season.

Finland

  • Toni Utunen appeared in one game for Tappara over the last seven days – he played 9:10, picking up his first point of the season. That assist can be found below:

AHL

  • The Utica Comets split their first weekend of play, losing 7-3 to the Toronto Marlies on Friday and then winning 3-1 against the Belleville Senators on Saturday.
  • Just a reminder that Gagner isn’t a prospect, but his stats will be included in these updates.
  • Comets Cory will be covering anything and everything about the Comets this season and thus keep an eye out for his content. If you haven’t checked out his post game reports, you can do so here.
  • Thatcher Demko is still recovering from the concussion suffered in training camp.

ECHL

  • At this moment, the Canucks have no prospects in the ECHL.

Schedule

  • myshkin

    I have great expectations for Dipietro. When I hear about his battle level, it makes me think of Billy Smith who would rather die than let a puck get past him. Intensity matters!

  • wojohowitz

    Brassard is an intriguing pick as an OHL overager. His upside could move him up the depth chart very quickly and he appears to not be Oshawa`s best defenceman as Vallati (5th round Winnipeg) has more points.

    Everyone seems to like Jack Hughes as the number one choice but Bowen Byram looks like the second coming of Drew Doughty and the Canucks could always use another Bo.

    Another interesting question that will take several years to answer is whether Detroit made a huge mistake by bypassing Quinn Hughes to pick Filip Zadina. Hughes might be an future all star but Zadina could be a 50 goal scorer.

    • Puck Viking

      I think the same about byram with the doughty comparison..

      I’m hoping for Kakko. Putting up better numbers than Laine. Plus we need some big power wingers, that’s one thing were lacking.

      With Petterson being a legit center it gives the team the luxury to go in any direction.

      • Chris the Curmudgeon

        I personally want Byram if we can’t get Hughes, but would be over the moon with either or Kakko.

        I am also intrigued that there may yet be something there with Matt Brassard. He’s bigger and a better scorer than Guillaume Brisebois. Might still earn a contract with the team and get a look in the AHL at the end of this year.

        • Puck Viking

          At this point the top 7 players look like forwards. I just want the best player possible because our main joke is RHD and there wont be one taken in the top 20.

          Any one of Hughes, Cozens, dach, kakko or podzkozlin would be fine. Looks like boldy is really moving up the charts quickly too.

          Cozens at 6-3 and being an elite skater who doesnt quit is putting up 2 points a game in the W. That’s not normal and Dach is not far behind.

          We will get a great player this year.

  • East van canuck

    I’ll be the first to say it and you can quote me on it down the road – Demko is a bust.

    The rabid fanbase has been desperately lauding him as the second coming of Martin Brodeur but im afraid it just isn’t happening. This kid was supposed to step into Miller’s skates but he is never going to be the messiah many THINK he is and now the clock is ticking. The Canucks need a legit number one NOW – Bobrosky needs to be signed long term with Demko brought in as a backup to see if he will sink or swim.

    The Canucks goaltending is a gong show, that’s on Benning and we need to face facts,,, Thatcher Demko is an injury prone tweener who is a back up at best…

      • East van canuck

        Yes – a bit like Matt Murray then… you know, a rookie cup winner at 22 who played a key role in the Pens 2016 SC run with a rookie record 22 wins and then won it again the next year. He also set all kinds of records in the AHL that Demko won’t get near, so I stand by my convictions. To paraphrase Monty Pyrhon “He’s not the messiah, he’s a very average boy”.

        What next from deluded Canucks ‘fans’, Pettersen is the next Gretzky/Lemieux….

        • LemonHart

          All players develop differently. Some great players from the very first time they could set foot on the ice as a NHLer to others that take time to develop. Just because Matt Murray had great results at 22 doesn’t mean everyone will or that it should even used as the measuring stick for everyone. Factor in the fact that the Pens were very good teams and might very well have won those cups with MAF in goal, one just never knows for sure.
          And although Pettersson looks like he has all sort of potential I think it would be foolish of anyone to suggest he’s the next Gretzky/Lemieux.

        • East van canuck

          Yeah, sure let’s go back to when Noah built the ark fella and talk about how all goalies today are wimps because they don’t have as many stitches on their face as Terry Sawchuck did.

          Different game pal, it’s a young man’s NHL now with instant results required right away.

  • apr

    Im kinda thinking that Benning should have drafted Hauge instead of Lind. I know its early, but I am a little disappointed that he has not shown more in his handful of AHL games and training camp/pre-season. He could be Kalamazoo bound. Gadjovich may also be better suited to go back to junior for his overage. I expect Brassard to get a nice Christmas present if he keeps this up.

    • Jamie E

      Good gravy, they are two AHL games into the season and you’re making career pronouncements on first year pros. Relax. Lind and Gads may have to spend the better part of 2-3 seasons in the AHL before they become useful NHLers. Many others have taken this path to the NHL. Slow your roll.