Photo: Alexandre Grenier made his NHL debut in 2015-16, not accomplishing much on the scoreboard during six games, but emerging in one piece (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
For the Vancouver Canucks, the question of whom to select at the 2011 NHL Draft was secondary. After clinching the President’s Trophy and a Western Conference title, the primary concern was adding pieces to make another run to the Stanley Cup finals, not the state of the prospect pool. Read more»
Photo: Although there is plenty of room for improvement in Vancouver prospect Jared McCann’s game, his efforts as a teenager in the NHL have been both courageous and encouraging (courtesy of Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)
The Vancouver Canucks’ plan to get younger without going into a total rebuild is in full effect. Gone are veteran wingers Chris Higgins and Brandon Prust, waived and assigned to the farm in Utica. Taking up the extra minutes are youngsters such as Sven Baertschi and recently acquired Emerson Etem. Add in Bo Horvat, Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen and the Canucks have a very respectable group of forwards aged 23 or younger. With up and comers such as Brendan Gaunce and Brock Boeser knocking at the door, the Canucks seem to have most of the answers to their future needs developing in-house.
Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie Ben Hutton is showing that solid offense at the NCAA level can translate to NHL success (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)
The Vancouver Canucks have been an intriguing team to follow during the first half of the 2015-16 season. It was stated before the start of training camp that Canucks management was going to try to put a younger team on the ice this year, and so far they have done exactly that. Read more»
Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Alex Friesen is on pace to improve his scoring totals for a third consecutive professional season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
Several Vancouver Canucks prospects have made their professional hockey debuts this season with the AHL’s Utica Comets and the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. The Comets came into the 2015-16 season with high expectations after competing for the Calder Cup in 2014-15. Several major personnel changes were made in the offseason however and it could be difficult for Utica to replicate the success they had a season ago. Here is a look at the personnel the Canucks have deployed in Utica and Kalamazoo this season and an assessment of how each player is doing so far in the 2015-16 season.
Photo: Vancouver’s top prospect Jake Virtanen has an abundance of physical tools but needs to refine his mental game to reach his full potential (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Drafting and developing have not been strong suits for the Vancouver Canucks over the last few years. With Jim Benning and Trevor Linden in charge there seems to be efforts being made to rectify years of poor drafting and developing of their own players, though certain moves have not come without controversy.