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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – October 18th, 2018

Another week has passed and Canucks prospects are making their mark!

The NCAA season kicks into full gear this weekend, while the Comets look to keep their decent start going. In the CHL, everyone is healthy and making an impact early in their respective seasons.

Overseas, we unfortunately have some healthy scratches and some other things going on.

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We’ll cover this and more in this weeks edition of Blackfish!



  • Jett Woo played two games this past week, picking up his first goal of the season. He continues to see regular time in the Warrios top four and is seeing regular play off time. He was named to Team WHL for the CIBC Canada Russia Series in November. His goal from this past week is below:


  • Matt Brassard picked up one assist over three games this past week.
  • Michael Dipietro’s numbers continue to trend upwards – he is now 2-3-0 with 3.02 GAA and 0.907 SV%

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  • Matthew Thiessen and the Dubuque Fighting Saints are off to a fantastic 4-1-1 start. They’ve been putting the puck in the net with regularity but Thiessen has been there as the last line of defence. With three great games this past week, Thiessen has seen his GAA slowly go down and his SV% are moved above the 0.900 mark.


  • William Lockwood and Quinn Hughes played one exhibition game against the U18 USNDTP this past week ( a 6-3 loss). Both players were held off the scoresheet. Michigan faces 19th ranked Western Michigan in a two game series this weekend.

  • Tyler Madden picked up two goals in two games for Northeastern. He has been playing on their first line and powerplay unit.
  • Jack Rathbone kicks off his season this weekend.



  • Artyom Manukyan was unable to post a point in the two games that he was dressed for this week and appears to have been a healthy scratch this morning for Avangards’ contest.
  • Nikita Tryamkin has been a healthy scratch for a game this past week and has had his “C” removed. There isn’t a great amount of detail in English available on either decision.
  • Dmitry Zhukenov has still only appeared in one VHL contest this season.


  • Toni Utunen did not register a point in the two Liiga games he played this week but did pick up a secondary assist in Tappara’s CHL game. They have moved onto the next round of Champions Hockey League.


  • Since our last update, the Comets lost to Charlotte by a 4-3 score, then headed to Toronto and won both games there. They ended this past week with a 6-1 loss to Rochester.
  • Over the past week, Alex Biega cleared waivers and was assigned to the Comets. No word on when he will suit up.
  • Adam Gaudette was recalled to the big club.

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  • Defenceman Jagger Dirk was loaned to Kalamazoo in the ECHL.
  • As always Comets Cory has you covered for everything Comets – check them out here.
  • Thatcher Demko is still recovering from the concussion suffered in training camp.


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

    • Puck Viking

      I hope it leads to him coming back this season. Not exactly sure when the KHL season is over but I think he could get about 4 to 6 weeks with the canucks.

    • DogOnABoneHorvat

      Трямкина лишили капитанской нашивки, чтобы он больше думал об игре. Никита старается быть универсальным – использует свои габариты, проводит силовые приёмы и нацелен на бросок. ЧМ-2018 для него сложился не самым удачным образом, но Воробьёв, несомненно, будет и дальше проверять этого защитника в сборной.

      Tryamkina was deprived of the captain’s stripes so that he would think more about the game. Nikita tries to be universal – uses his dimensions, conducts power techniques and aims to throw. The 2018 World Cup was not the best for him, but Vorobyov will certainly continue to check this defender in the national team.

      that’s all i’ve been able to find so far

    • Dan the Fan

      Someone asked the club (I think via twitter) why Tryamkin wasn’t playing and wasn’t wearing the C. The response was something like “answer to both questions: coach’s decision.”

      Unfortunately it does reflect poorly on him, but honestly this seems like good news for the Canucks, as a falling out with his team increases the chances of him coming back.

      • truthseeker

        Or it reinforces his side of the problem with the canucks originally. That he seemed a bit self entitled. It could just as easily not be a good thing for the canucks.

  • Nikita, what did you do?

    This Demko concussion is really dragging on. Hope he recovers soon.

    Canucks may have something in Jet Woo.

    “Gaudette dazzles with a toe drag”. That move is dangerous, headshots follow. Horvat does it too, and it often doesn’t work. IMO it’s a high risk, low reward move. Stop it.

  • Off topic,
    Memo to Sekeres and Price: As I patiently wait for today’s game to start, I want to comment on Special Guest Wednesday. I thought of some interesting names that would fit on your show, cut that number in half, and reduced it some more. So, Arthur Griffiths (interesting man), John McCaw, Brian Burke (heard he’s doing a radio gig in Edmonton of all places), Alain Vigneault (looking for work), Tom Larsheid (love Tommy), maybe Dan Russell (the father of sports talk radio in Van), Trevor Linden (to hear his side of the story), and of course, Carol Schram.

    • Beer Can Boyd

      Amazing that a coach with Vigneaults record hasn’t found a job yet. As for your suggestions above, Larscheid and Russell would be great guests. I’ve heard enough from Burke to last a lifetime though.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    Matt Brassard is 6’3′, 200 lbs, shoots right, has 4 points in 5 games and is only 20 years old. That is very interesting. He’s way under the radar, but certainly bears watching. The Tryamkin thing is a bit disturbing, is he too much of a head case to ever reach his potential? Please keep us informed.

    • Defenceman Factory

      I’d feel a lot better about Brassard if he was seen as someone that should be in Utica. 20 year old players still in junior don’t have a high success rate. Carl Neill put up a lot of points (well above a point per game) and was deemed not contract worthy. I don’t know Brassard’s ceiling but putting up points in junior at 20 isn’t a really strong indicator of a future NHL player.

      I’m certainly curious about how Tryamkin is doing but I am resigned to the fact he is never coming back and if he did it is likely he wouldn’t make the team. There are already better players on the left side and I don’t think he could displace Tanev or Stecher. I recall a very large player with a lot of development work to do and someone without the hunger to be a star in the NHL.

    • Cageyvet

      I’m at the stage where I’m going to see it as a positive that he’ll take another shot here. Is he a bit of a headcase /problem child? Maybe, but the team can handle one enigmatic Russian with his size and ability in a position screaming for more top 4 potential. The sooner we see him back the better, in my books.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Russian Cryllic script? Most impressive!!! I wonder if I can get my ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs up and running.? Seriously though I do wonder about the feasility of Tryamkin ever returning. Things can change drastically years down the road. Still can’t see it.

  • North Van Halen

    So the big guy with the self entitled attitude in Vancouver, seems to have the same attitude in Russia.
    Honestly, despite the crazy package this guy brings, I don’t think I want him anywhere near the kids coming up. He’s 24 now, not 19. Prima donnas just create locker room divides and there’s too many young kids coming for for his guy to influence.
    I know my opinion wouldn’t be popular but Id make him someone elses problem, I’d trade his rights and move on.

      • truthseeker

        Come on…Has Goldy been high maintenance?

        Funny that people ignore the Hodgson’s and McCann’s who were literally outed by their teammates as being high maintenance and we have direct source information to back it up. How about Kesler. Pretty sure he would qualify as a high maintenance player too. Maybe in a slightly different way, but still. Can’t have been easy for the organization with him.

        Plenty of examples of prima donna canadians and americans.