Canucks: October prospect report

By Brendan Macgranachan

Many Vancouver Canuck prospects have made
impressive showings with the AHL Manitoba Moose and in the case of Jason King, the Vancouver
Canucks. Here are five Canuck prospects who have made a impressive
showing so far this season.

Brandon Reid – Manitoba Moose.

Reid had
a shot this season to make the Canucks opening day line-up but fell short
and got sent back to Manitoba. So far this season, Reid has potted three
goals and five points in all seven Moose games and is fourth on the Moose
with 17 shots on goal. He has also been on the Moose first line with
Ryan Ready and Pat Kavanagh.

Ryan Kesler – Manitoba Moose.
Kesler has
also got five points, playing on the No. 2 line with Fedor Fedorov and Jimmy
Roy or Pat Kavanagh. Kesler has played in all seven games and has played well
in all of those games. After being shut out in the first game on opening
night vs. St. John’s, Kesler has bounced back with six straight solid performances
and is on Burke’s list to call up in midseason.

Kirill Koltsov – Manitoba Moose.
What a
North American debut for him. He’s second in Moose scoring with two goals
and six points and is tied for second in the league on defensive scoring.
Like Kesler, Koltsov has played very well in all of the Moose games.
He has been strong at the point and is being a physical player out on the
ice. He’s definitely impressing Canuck management.

Fedor Fedorov – Manitoba Moose.
After a
few so-so seasons, Fedorov is now playing to his potential. Fedorov
has got a point in all seven Moose games except one. Fedorov is passing by defenders with his speed and giving goalies cause for concern with his shot. He still needs a bit of work
on the defensive end of things but as long as he’s scoring, the Moose are
happy.

Jason King – Vancouver Canucks.

King was a longshot to make the Canucks team, but now he is playing on the second line with the
Sedin twins. He’s averaging over 13 minutes on the ice per game. He has
played in six of the seven Canuck games and is tied for second in scoring
with two goals and three assists, behind his linemate Daniel Sedin by two
points. Coach Crawford may have found that winger for the Sedins
and King may stick whole year.