WWYDW: Which Vancouver Canucks prospect are you most excited about?
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9 months ago
Welcome back to WWYDW, the only hockey column on the internet that is never working for the weekend.
Speaking of weekends, we’re heading into the final one of February, which means we’re about to enter March, a month that contains and will be dominated by discussion of the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline.
Before we get there, though, we’ve got a brief respite to talk about some of the non-roster-movement-related stuff that we don’t always get to in these parts, and we’re going to start with a quick glance into the organizational prospect cupboard.
After eight years of the previous regime, the Canucks’ prospect depth is somewhat lacking, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some gems to be discovered within. Whether it be in Abbotsford, in junior, in college, or overseas, the Canucks have young players “in the system” making some noise in 2021/22, and now we’d like you to make some noise about them.
This week, we’re asking you:
Which Canucks prospect are you currently most excited about?
Let it be known in the comment section.
Who do you think is going to be the Canucks’ backup goaltender as of next season?
You answered, below.
Hopefully it is Martin. He was tracking the puck very well and playing very good positional goaltending.
Martin 100% for sure. Gives Silovs another full year to see if he’s got what it takes to blossom under Clark. I’m not sold that Mikey D will ever be able to make it in the bigs.
(Winner of the author’s weekly award for eloquence)
Goalies always take longer. Toughest position in hockey. Martin could be the answer and won’t cost an arm and leg either. Silovs may be ready in a couple of years. I, too, like Bartholemew indicated, am not sold on Mikey D and never have been. Prove me wrong though, kid.
Beer Can Boyd:
It will be Martin. I’ll get back to you with next week’s question…as soon as I go deposit my royalty cheque.
A River Named Curt:
Fleury. Rutherford goes back to the well one more time!
Under Clark’s tutelage, Martin will get even better. The right age, height, and compete level.
Spencer Martin. This will be a low-cost contract (necessary because of the $1.5 m cost of Halaks’ bonuses) and he is needed to allow Mikey D & Silovs to develop for a further year, because I don’t think either will be ready for 2022/23. By 2023/24, hopefully one of the three (Martin, DiPietro, Silovs) will have shown that he is the ideal backup for Demko going forward.
If the Canucks are smart, it will be whoever Ian Clark says it should be.
Whoever Clark says. Spencer Martin is my prediction.
At this stage we don’t know for sure that the Canucks are interested in him as the backup, and we don’t know whether he’ll be interested in signing an extension with the team, but at this stage the least unlikely candidate appears to be Spencer Martin. Think of the odds a person could have gotten on that five months ago.
A good GM, should be able to solve this situation cheaply, without committing too much. Time to give, DiPietro, Spencer or whomever more time in Vancouver to find out if they are part of the future or not.
Only reason, Demko gets more playing time, is if they are close, and if so, will they reload to make the playoffs or focus on the draft?
What if they had never traded Schneider?
What if they had never traded Schneider?
Somewhere south of Blaine:
Martin has earned his shot next season.
Give Clark a raise, because goaltending is the one piece that doesn’t keep me up at night.
Someone outside the organization. Trade Martin at the TDL and leave DiPietro and Silovs to play another year in Abbotsford.
The team, if it was ruthless and smart, would get Martin up here for several more games to see exactly what they have in him.
The last bit was grea,t but a small sample size. Rutherford needs his big boy pants on and make this happen.
That means sitting Halak, but so what. He won’t be around when Canucks get to what they are building for anyways.
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