3

What’s On Tap: The Complete Canucks Schedule for October 1st – 7th, 2018

Good morning and welcome back to hockey season! The Vancouver Canucks are just a day away from opening their 2018-19 season, and the Utica Comets are three days away from doing the same. Elsewhere, plenty of other leagues are already well underway, particularly the European leagues, which always have a good headstart on their North…

24

Your Guide to Scouting the 2019 NHL Draft From Vancouver

If you’re living on the Canadian west coast, you have no shortage of reasons to be enthralled by the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. For one, the local team has been decidedly bad the past few years, and in spite of a bevy of talent percolating in the pipeline, the Canucks seem poised to finish the…

26

2019 NHL Draft: Consolidated Industry Rankings for September 2018

Well, hello there. The beauty of creating draft lists is that it’s an extremely subjective process. While the top of most lists have a general sense of similarity, there is also a large amount of diversity throughout that only becomes more pronounced as you move along, simply because no two people value any particular trait…

15

CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #6 Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Just outside the top five, we come to one of the biggest risers of the 2018 NHL Draft: Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi. I bemoaned the lack of respect Kotkaniemi was getting early on in the season (especially relative to fellow Finn Rasmus Kupari), but by the time the Five Nations and World Under-18 tournaments had…

9

CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #71 Curtis Douglas

Curtis Douglas is a gargantuan physical specimen of a player, clocking in a 6-foot-8 and over 200 pounds. While the NHL has moved past the days where they’d target players strictly for their size, Douglas has shown enough skill and finesse to indicate that he can have success without relying solely on his size, making…

5

CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #72 Benoit-Olivier Groulx

Benoit-Olivier “Bo” Groulx is a real coach’s player. That makes a mountain of sense, considering he’s the son of Benoit Groulx, the current coach of the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League. The younger Groulx doesn’t have many high calibre skills that jump out at you (aside from a pretty dynamite wrist shot), but…

5

CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #79 Linus Nyman

One of the top scoring re-entries this year is Finnish-born OHL sniper Linus Nyman. The diminutive winger has spent the last two seasons on a powerful Kingston team, benefiting from and contributing to the strength of that group. We have Nyman ranked near the end of our Top 100 last year, and after going unclaimed…

1

CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #80 Liam Foudy

Liam Foudy is another player who benefited from the CHL’s trade deadline, in this because it afforded him a lot more opportunity when his London Knights became sellers. As a result, he saw a huge spike in his offence in the second half of the season. Foudy is a terrific skater and can speed past…

0

CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #83 Scott Perunovich

On his third go round when it comes to NHL Entry Draft eligibility, Scott Perunovich is the second oldest player on our Top 100 list, although his mid-August birthday puts him pretty close to draft-plus-one status. What’s really been holding Perunovich back from getting selected the past couple of seasons in his size: listed anywhere…