Bryan Allen’s future

By Scott McFarlane

Here is a look at Bryan Allen, a well known Canucks prospect.

Bryan Allen was drafted by the Canucks in the 1998 NHL entry draft in the first round, #4 overall.

Allen is a big guy, listed at 6’4 weighing in at around 215 pounds. Allen has the potential to be a Chris Pronger like defenceman, if he hadn’t of run into all those injuries. Remember the locker room one? Where he slipped on a bar of soap in the shower, and broke a bone in his ankle. Injuries like that have made the road to recovery a hard one for Bryan. So many injuries, in such a short amount of time. He has fought through all of the tough injuries, but still has the scars.

Allen had a very solid junior career, for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. In his first season with Oshawa, he recorded 6 points in 60 games played. Not very good if you ask me. Every year since that year back in 1996-1997 he has improved greatly. The next season for Oshawa, Allen recorded 19 points in 48 games played, including an incredible 126 penalty minutes. His best season with the Canucks organization was last year with the Kansas City Blades, the farm team for the Canucks. Allen played in 75 games, before being called up by the Canucks. He recorded 25 points, and 99 penalty minutes. Then he was called up by the Canucks, and appeared in 6 games, where he was solid.


Kansas-City Blades IHL GP 75 G 5 A 20 P 25 PIM 99

As for the future, I see Bryan Allen as a top 4 defenceman soon. He definitely has the tools to be a rock solid player. He just needs to gain NHL experience. The more experience he gets, the better he will get. I think that Allen can and will be one of the Canucks best defenceman in the next few years. Once he gains experience and maturity Allen will develop into a top-notch player. I fully expect to see Bryan Allen in a Canucks uniform next year from day 1, there’s no question about it. If he stays out of injury trouble, he should have a very solid season with the Canucks next year.


Scott McFarlane