Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #3 Dylan Strome

View image | gettyimages.com Being a fan of your hometown team can be a bit of a thankless job at times, but sometimes your loyalty gets rewarded in spades. Such was the case with fans of the Erie Otters the last couple years, as they have been treated with being able to watch the development of…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #4 Mitch Marner

View image | gettyimages.com Mitch Marner has been one of the biggest risers in this year’s draft rankings thanks to a jaw-dropping offensive season with the OHL’s London Knights where he demonstrated an elite offensive skillset.  Let’s dig a bit more into Marner’s impressive draft year. 

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #7 Kyle Connor

View image | gettyimages.com Let’s make no mistake about it, the 2015 draft class is ridiculous. When there is so much top end talent available, it’s easily to overlook a player who is slightly off radar, playing in North America’s 4th best junior league, especially when said player wasn’t showcased in the top scouting circuit tournaments.  Kyle Connor hasn’t…

Jim Benning’s Year 1 Report Card – Part 4: Conclusion

View image | gettyimages.co It’s fitting to conclude my review of Jim Benning’s first year as General Manager of the Canucks near the eve of the 2015 draft and free agency, which promises to be action packed for Canucks fans.  We’ll have a look back on the year that was for Jim Benning and his management team…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #11 Evgeni Svechnikov

View image | gettyimages.com Evgeni Svechnikov has steadily risen on the draft boards thanks to a spectacular rookie year with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He’s a tantalizing package of size and high end offensive skill with legitimate first line potential.  Continue past the jump to learn about one this drafts best power forward prospects. 

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #13 Oliver Kylington

View image | gettyimages.com Oliver Kylington is one of the most interesting draft stories of the year, and quite possibly one of the toughest players for teams to project in the first round. In 2013-14, he played with Farjestad in the SHL – only the second defensemen in league history to play full time in the SHL at…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #17 Lawson Crouse

View image | gettyimages.com Lawson Crouse has been one of the more interesting draft eligible forward to track this season. Its been well covered by this blog and others that there is a strong correlation between a prospect’s point-per-game and NHL games played, which is why many of us has struggled with getting behind the…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #23 Jens Looke

View image | gettyimages.com Jens Looke is part of an extremely strong group of Swedish draft eligible players this year. The talented forward is a strong skater, with excellent playmaking abilities, who has seen his draft stock rise after a strong showing at the World Junior tournament.

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #28 Rasmus Andersson

View image | gettyimages.com Rasmus Andersson has been a Canucks Army favorite for a while now, first popping up in an article penned by Josh Weissbock in one of our early pieces on prospect success, and then again on a piece I wrote about the high success rates of players like Anderson who had shown success in the top…


Benning’s Year 1 Report Card – Part 3 – 2014 Draft Revisited

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher / USA TODAY Sports In the first two parts of this series, I reviewed the trades and free agent signings made by Jim Benning in his first year running the Canucks front office. I first wrote about the 2014 draft last summer, but let’s see how views have changed now that…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #34 Vince Dunn

View image | gettyimages.com Vince Dunn was one of the better offensive defensemen in the OHL this season, and his draft stock has been rising significantly over the course of the season as a result.  Continue past the jump for his breakdown. 

Jim Benning’s Year 1 Report Card – Part 2: Signings

View image | gettyimages.com I’m not particularly good with dates or anniversaries, so it comes as no surprise that I completely missed the one year anniversary of Jim Benning’s tenure with the Canucks. And what’s a better way to celebrate one year together than to pick it apart in excruciating detail? In the first part of this series, I…