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Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report – October 8th, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Welcome back to another week of Canucks prospects updates!  The major junior leagues have shaken off the early-season cobwebs and hit full stride, while the NCAA schools (except for Yale) has started playing exhibition games. In a scrubbing of SFU, North Dakota easily emerged as victors and boy did first round Brock…

Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report – October 1st, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Canucks Army’s weekly Prospect Report is back! For the third consecutive year, we’ll be providing you with the best quad-monthly prospect report on the Internet. Maybe. For those who are newer to the site, these profiles serve to take a look at the organization’s non-AHL prospects. Check back every Thursday for…

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What Zone Data in Penticton tells us about Vancouver’s Prospects

Cole Cassels with a successful pass in entry to Hunter Shinkaruk A little over a week ago, the Canucks Young Stars tournament in Penticton wrapped up. It was a fun one, in the sense that we got our first chance to see many of the Canucks prospects in what we hope will become their eventual uniforms…

Benning’s moves don’t match his declared direction, and that’s okay

View image | gettyimages.com Not everybody agrees with the general mindset of Canucks Army. I think that goes without saying. For example, look at Jake Virtanen; those who disagree with us are quick to point out that we dislike him. This isn’t actually true – we like him, believe he’ll be a good player, and…

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Canucks Young Stars Tournament Game 2 #fancystats

Ain’t no party like a CanucksArmy party (hey, ho… hey, ho).  The Young Stars tournament is in full swing (actually it’s almost over, tomorrow’s doubleheader marks the end of the tournament) and as you may know the team at Canucks Army have been covering the weekend. We were live at the first game against the Edmonton McDavid’s (with…

Get to Know a Prospect: Penticton Invitees

View image | gettyimages.com Last week, the Canucks released their roster for the Penticton Young Stars tournament.  The Jerk covered the news quite extensively, but now that some time has passed, we can dissect who has and hasn’t been invited to the tournament. You’ll immediately notice that Vancouver’s NCAA prospects aren’t on the roster. Of…

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profiles 2015: #3 Jared McCann

Banner art by Matthew Henderson Forever associated with the Ryan Kesler trade, and likely the best remaining asset from the deal is our 3rd best prospect in the pool, Jared McCann. The Canucks received Anaheim’s 1st round pick in the trade, which Jim Benning then used on McCann. While there were some questions on this pick at…

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profiles 2015: #9 Ronalds Kenins

Banner art by Matthew Henderson Bringing us down into the single digits of prospects within the Vancouver Canucks’ pool is Ronalds Ķēniņš.   Kenins is such a good prospect that even his own name is plural. Ronalds Kenins is so sneaky good that in the mid-term review and in last summers review Kenins did not even make the top-20. Quantum…

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #13 Jordan Subban

Banner Art by Matthew Henderson In Mike Gillis’ greatest and final draft class, the Canucks managed to snag the best and most cerebral of the Subban brothers in young Jordan.  While his short stature makes a lot of people question his play and the probability of his finding success at the NHL-level, he easily makes up for it…

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #17 Andrey Pedan

Banner art by Matthew Henderson In November of 2014, newly minted General Manager Jim Benning made one of signature variety of trades by sending disappointing former second-round draft pick Alex Mallet to the New York Islanders, with a third round pick, in exchange for defensive prospect Andrey Pedan. Nearly a year later, Mallet is no longer with with the…

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Establishing AHL Baselines for Prospect Success

View image | gettyimages.com Nearly every hockey fan has the basic understanding that the NHL is the best hockey league in the world and that to become an regular player in the league you need to be the best of the best. Combining this with the piling of recent evidence suggesting that the peak age of players is around the mid-20s, it…

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Utica Comets Deep Dive: Calder Cup Finals

Image Courtesy: NBCSports Nearly a month ago we previewed what to expect during the AHL Calder Cup final between the Utica Comets and the Manchester Monarchs.  This was the 3rd time in Canucks franchise history that their AHL farm team went to the AHL finals and much like the parent club, it has yet to…