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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – December 20th, 2018

Don’t look now but the World Juniors are here, well basically here, but you get the idea!

It’s a fantastic time of the year that sees the best U20 players battling each in high-intensity games and it’s happening right here in Vancouver. If you can, make sure to check out one of the preliminary games around the province or one of the tournament games here in Victoria and Vancouver.

The Canucks still have four prospects at the various WJHC camps and only one of them is really a possible cut. It will be exciting times as Quinn Hughes and Michael DiPietro should be big parts of their respective countries.

We’ll talk about that and more in this week’s Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report.

Just a reminder, I was late last week, so this week is only six days of action.

Canada

WHL

  • Over the past week – Woo appeared in two games posting two assists and four penalty minutes. He was a guest of the Canucks earlier this week as Moose Jaw doesn’t play until after Christmas. Excited to see what he can do in the second half of the season.

OHL

  • Newly signed Mitch Eliot makes his Blackfish debut this week! He played two games since being signed (Dec 14th) posting one assist in those two contests.
  • Matt Brassard picked up three assists over the course of three games this past week. That pushed his PPG rate to 0.72 and is only slightly behind his pace of (0.76 PPG) last season.
  • Michael DiPietro is with Team Canada as they prepare for the World Juniors. He played Switzerland last night, stopping 14 shots in the 5-3 win.

United States

USHL

  • Matt Thiessen continues to see his numbers slowly improve. Last week he was 3.25 GAA and 0.825 SV% in 18 games. After two games this week, both numbers have improved. I’ve found him to appear more confident and in control of his movements. Curious how much of the struggles are due to him getting coaching for the Canucks and Dubuque and how much adjustment in his game.

NCAA

  • Quinn Hughes is with Team USA – he is not expected to dress for them tonight in Kamloops but that likely means he will play at the LEC on Saturday night.
  • Tyler Madden his also at the WJHC camp for the USA. They have to make a few more cuts before the tournament kicks off but Madden will be a fun player to watch in the preliminary games this week.
  • Due to winter break – Rathbone and Lockwood have not played any games this week. They get back going shortly after Christmas.

Europe

Russia

  • Artyom Manukyan was held off the scoresheet in his only game this week.
  • The same can be said about Tryamkin

Finland

  • Toni Utunen is playing for Finland at the WJHC exhibition games and has a legit chance to make the team.
  • Although not updated at the time of writing – Palmu played his first Liiga game of the season, picking up a primary assist in a 2-1 win. He played 18:33 in the contest.

Sweden

  • Kristoffer Gunnarsson is still on load to Linkoping – he appeared in one game this week and failed to register a point.

Czech Republic

  • Zhukenov appeared in two more games this week for AZ Havirov and was held without a point. At the very least, he is playing games and that should be viewed as a good thing.

AHL

  • There have been no transactions since last week.
  • Adam Gaudette and Alex Biega remain up with the Canucks.
  • Demko has been playing really well since returning to action.
  • As always Comets Cory has you covered for everything Comets – check them out here.

ECHL

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

Since this is the last Blackfish before the holidays, I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope you all have a Happy Holidays.

Here’s to many happy memories and positive things in the future!



  • Goon

    It’s good to see how well both Rathbone and Woo have done so far this season. If one of them can turn into an impact NHLer in the next couple of years, that’ll be a huge boon to the Canucks rebuild. If both of them can, it’ll be amazing.

  • Jock-Itch

    Manukyan, Tryamkin, Palmu, Zhukenov & Gunnarsson are all a waste of contract space and just destined to play in europe. The signing of Eliot may come at the expense of letting Brassard walk and it’s looking as though Lind & Gadjovic are developing on the slow level. Perhaps the Canucks need to start stockpilling some more prospects that may become NHL players instead of tweeters like Boucher & Kero

  • Puck Viking

    Too bad we didnt find Brett Leason in the draft last season. Artyom Manukyan seems like a wasted pick, we should have just signed him after the draft.

      • Puck Viking

        He will never play in the AHL when he can make way more in Russia. We need to be drafting players with NHL size, I am all for drafting skilled players but players this small have almost a 0% chance of making it. Just take a chance on a random goalie if instead of a player like this.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Let’s given Mr. Benning some credit as per prospects. Demko, MacEwen and Dahlen all seem likely to help the big club in the not too distant future with Woo and Di Pietro also showing promise. Any personal reticence concerning Juolevi stems not from him not having the talent to becoming a solid NHL D but more from the fact his development will be delayed another, probably, 12 months because of his season ending injury. Wanna see him in the line up but I think Hughes will fill this spot IMO. And let’s be real. Benning won the 2017 draft by selecting Petey.