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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – January 10th, 2019

We return after the holidays for everyone’s favourite Canucks prospect report.

The World Juniors will reach their climatic end this weekend after a Wednesday that saw some great action and upsets. One prospect ended another prospect’s bid to win a medal while the two American prospects have a big test against the Russians tomorrow.

It was a fairly light couple of weeks with the majority of players off for the holidays but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to dis

We’ll break those things down and so much more in this week’s Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report.

As always, the stat images are from Elite Prospects.

Canada

WHL

  • Jett Woo is still putting up points. In three games over the past seven days, he had two assists. Josh Brook has returned to solidify the top four for the Warriors, but Woo was fantastic with Brook away at the World Juniors.

OHL

  • Matt Brassard does not have 54 points on the season – he was moved to the Niagara IceDogs this week and it appears to be an issue on Elite Prospects. Niagara is one of the teams that has loaded up to make a run of it and acquired Brassard (with Studnicka) prior to the deadline. It will be interesting to see how the Canucks prospect is slotted in and deployed.

  • Mitch Eliot with one goal over the four games this week. Sarnia did sell off a bit, so Eliot will be leaned upon heavily for the remainder of the season.
  • Michael DiPietro will take the 67’s net soon and has a legit chance to get an OHL title and Memorial Cup birth. Ottawa continued to load up after acquiring DiPietro and it should be fun to see what they can do.

United States

USHL

  • Matt Thiessen appeared in one game this past week – giving up five goals on 34 shots.

NCAA

  • Quinn Hughes ended the World Juniors with two assists in seven games en route to winning a Silver Medal for the USA. He heads back to Michigan University.

  • Tyler Madden closed out the World Juniors for the USA with three goals and one assist in seven games. I’ve been asked a few times on Twitter, he is not eligible (same with Hughes) to play at next years’ World Juniors as they will turn 20 in the later parts of 2019.

  • William Lockwood scored one goal this past week for Michigan. He appeared in two games, including an outdoor game.
  • Jack Rathbone played two games for Harvard and was held off the scoresheet but had this nice hit

Europe

Russia

  • Artyom Manukyan’s slump is back – in four games, he failed to register a point. He has been moved down to their fourth line.
  • Nikita Tryamkin was held off the scoresheet.

Finland

  • Petrus Palmu was held off the scoresheet in both games that he appeared in. Kappo Kakko will come back to TPS and it will be interesting to see if they will play together or spread out to balance the scoring.
  • Toni Utunen finished the World Juniors with one goal in seven games with Finland. He walks away with a gold medal. He will likely head back to Tappara and continue being their 6/7 defenceman. He is eligible to play again for Finland next season.

Sweden

  • Kristoffer Gunnarsson registered an assist in Linkopings’ one game this week!

Czech Republic

  • Zhukenov did not play any games this week.

AHL

  • Adam Gaudette and Thatcher Demko have been recalled by the Canucks over the past week.
  • Cliff Watson (D) was signed to a PTO
  • With Demko heading up to Vancouver, Alex Sakellaropoulos was signed to a PTO.
  • Alex Biega remains up with the Canucks.
  • 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.
  • Ser Jaime Lannister

    Ryan how long does Vancouver have to make decision on Matt Brassard?

    As well If Jett Woo continues his pace/development is it likely that Canucks sign him to an ELC? (Although 18 hes played 4 major junior seasons so he is eligible for the AHL?)

      • Ser Jaime Lannister

        Thanks for that Ryan!

        I know its early but do you think Brassard is worth an ELC?

        I wonder if its a numbers game right now seeing that Mitch Eliot is destined for the AHL next season and Woo earning an ELC could cause a log jam on the right side. (Although Jett Woo can still play in the WHL because hes under 20 correct?)

    • tyhee

      I’m wondering if anybody knows whether he’s actually played four major junior seasons within the meaning of the CHL-NHL agreement. If he has as pointed out he’s eligible for play in the AHL next season.

      The issue is the 2015-16 season. According to eliteprospects.com, Woo played that season largely in Midget AAA, playing 22 regular season games and 10 playoff games for the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA squad. He also played 7 regular season games and 5 playoff games in the WHL.

      I haven’t seen the text of the CHL-NHL agreement. Does anyone know whether Woo’s 7 regular season and 5 playoff games count?

      I’m guessing he is not eligible for the AHL next season. My reasoning is based on looking at Jake Virtanen’s history. In 2015-16 Virtanen was, according to every report I saw, ineligible to play in the AHL so it was the Canucks or junior, with the Canucks not wanting him to play with the Calgary Hitmen that season.

      Virtanen at the time was in the same situation as Woo will be next season. Virtanen in 2011-12 played mostly midget, with 9 regular season and 5 playoff games in the WHL to finish off the season. He then played three seasons in the WHL, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. 2011-12 apparently didn’t count as a season of major junior for the agreement as that would have been his 4th and made him AHL-eligible in 2015-16.