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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – Jan 24, 2018

We missed a week due to some needed shredding of the gnar in Whistler. But we are back with your favourite prospect report.

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks with Canucks prospects setting records and making waves all over North America.

With the Canucks now on their long break, all eyes will turn to the prospects when Elias Pettersson isn’t doing his All-Star thing.

Let’s dive in!

As always, the stat images are from Elite Prospects.

Canada

WHL

  • In the seven games over the past two weeks, Jett Woo collected three goals and three assists which includes a point-per-game pace on their road trip through B.C.

OHL

  • Mitch Eliot has taken the lead in terms of OHL prospect scoring within the organization. He had two goals and two assists over the past five games.

  • Matt Brassard has been doing well with his new team – he’s now up to one goal and six assists in six games with Niagara.
  • Michael DiPietro recorded his 17th career OHL shutout and thus has taken over the record in that category in the O. Now they focus on getting ready for playoffs.

United States

USHL

  • Matt Thiessen continues to tread water around the 3.00 GAA and 0.890 mark. With that being said, he is ranked 9th in GAA and 14th in SV%, which is basically the middle of the pack.

NCAA

  • Quinn Hughes picked up two assists in his first two games back with Michigan. The Wolverines play tonight against Penn State and then again on Saturday night, but this time at MSG. There are 11 games remaining in their regular season schedule.

  • Tyler Madden continues to make waves after returning from the World Juniors. Over the past two weekends, he has two goals and three assists in four games. He made the highlight reel with his goal and kayak celebration this past weekend.

  • William Lockwood scored two goals in the two games over the past two weeks.
  • Jack Rathbone was able to pick up an assist this past weekend but that his only point over the last four games.

Europe

Russia

  • Five more games and zero points for Manukyan – when he is in the lineup, he is playing a fourth line role.
  • Nikita Tryamkin picked up one goal and one assist in the five games over the past two weeks.

Finland

  • Petrus Palmu has slowed down a bit recently with only one assist in the four games over the last fourteen days.
  • Toni Utunen picked up his first-ever Liiga goal:

Sweden

  • Kristoffer Gunnarsson didn’t pick up any points his five games the past two weeks.

Czech Republic

  • Zhukenov is back in the VHL

AHL

  • All the moves below have occured between January 10th and today.
  • Adam Gaudette was returned to the Comets on Jan 13
  • They signed Michael Leighton to a PTO and released Alx Sakellaropoulos
  • Tanner Kero was recalled and reassigned back to the Comets once Pettersson returned.
  • Jagger Dirk was sent down to the Kalamazoo Wings
  • Craig Wyszomirski was released from his PTO
  • Thatcher Demko and Alex Biega remain 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.
  • rediiis

    It will be nice to see Mitch Eliot moving up next year, this prospect doesn’t have many barriers between a couple of good years and an orca emblem on his chest.

  • TheRealPB

    I love the number of our prospects with snipes and legit celebrations in this series of clips. That NCAA group and Woo are really promising; the Europeans not so much (though Utunen is looking better than I thought). How is it possible to score so little as Gunnarsson? He’s making Daniel Rahimi look like an offensive defenseman.

  • TD

    Ryan, is it possible to have one of these articles show the different prospects’ percentile chances to be in the NHL based on age and current scoring? Also what kind of NHL player they project to be, ie top 6 forward, top 4 d etc? I agree with The Real PB’s comments about Woo and the NCAA players looking very promising.

    • Burnabybob

      I think they usually do that kind of analysis once or twice a year with the Canucks’ prospect rankings. I think those usually come out either in the late spring or early fall. The Blackfish reports are just weekly updates. The rankings reports are labor intensive, and it would be a lot of work to do them every week.

  • LACANUCK

    The most interesting thing to watch will be if Michigan even makes the NCAA tournament. If they don’t Quinn will join the Canucks for a playoff run?

    I don’t think anyone would say Quinn has had a bad year, but most expected him to dominate NCAA and World Jrs. Perhaps his mind and team said “

    • LACANUCK

      Return to Michigan” but his heart wanted to play against the best in the NHL? Must be tough watching EP dominate at 20. Hope he gets the chance to help the Canucks into the playoffs

      Sorry for the quick post

      • Burnabybob

        Hughes is 5th in points per game among defensemen in the NCAA. All of the four defensemen ahead of him are older than he is.

        I would say he’s having a good season.

        • LACANUCK

          That’s what I said. I don’t think anyone would say he is having a bad year. Good is the opposite of bad. He isn’t having a dominant year like many thought. Michigan was ranked #4 preseason now may not make the NCAA tourney. That’s bad

  • Smyl and Snepsts

    Still scared about the Hughes pick but hoping I am completely wrong. He just can’t be dominant in his own end at that size so I can’t see him being a number 1 defenseman.

    • LACANUCK

      EP has shown that hockey sense and quickness can make you very effective defensively. Quinn has the same type of quickness Which helps in not taking big hits. His hockey sense helps with being in position. Big guys like Guddy react to a player and don’t have the quickness to direct the forward away from scoring areas.

      • Smyl and Snepsts

        Quickness and hockey sense help immensely but don’t help at all to move the Getzlafs and Kopitars of the hockey world or even lift the I sticks. Hopefully he is a great offensive contributor though.

  • Kanuckhotep

    When Benning drafted Quinn Hughes it was a certainty the kid wasn’t/isn’t supposed to be a size guy like Byfuglien, Doughty or even Kronwall. I see a speed and puck handling skills guy who could QB the PP, something the Canucks need. He, I agree, is not a #1 D man in the Bourque or Karlsson sense of the word and concept but am looking forward to this kid helping to improve the VC and hopefully soon.