Photo: Bo Horvat is transitioning from the OHL to the AHL in 2014-15. He is still looking to record his first point after five games. (courtesy of Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
With the Vancouver Canucks entering something of a mini-rebuild, they have built up a pipeline of extremely talented young centers that are nearly on the cusp of being ready for the NHL. While the NHL squad’s top talent is slowly aging and settling more into the latter stages of their careers, the Canucks have many players who are going to be considered cornerstones of the franchise waiting just on the other side.
Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco is expected to see extensive time with that club in 2014-15. Jurco was a second round pick by the Wings at the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 31-40. This section of the ranking features several talented forwards, including Tomas Jurco (DET) and Curtis Lazar (OTT), who will push for playing time in the NHL this season.
Photo: Jake Virtanen was a point-per-game player for the Calgary Hitmen in 2013-14. He was the sixth overall selection of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
For all intents and purposes, the 2014 NHL Draft table was a flurry of activity for the Vancouver Canucks and had immediate impact on their top 20 prospects. They were, amongst other areas of improvement, able to draft arguably their best left winger in 15 years and their best goaltender in 10 years.
Photo: The Canucks selected Bo Horvat ninth overall, then the club’s earliest pick since 1999, at the 2013 NHL Draft. Vancouver will move up to sixth overall in 2014 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
It may have been former General Manager Mike Gillis that coined the term "reset," but it is the current tandem of President Trevor Linden and new General Manager Jim Benning that will enact a true organizational reset for the Vancouver Canucks.
Photo: Rookie defenseman Frank Corrado, winner of the Canucks’ Best Defensive Prospect award, played in 15 NHL games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
It would be easy to focus on the negative aspects of a season in which the Vancouver Canucks failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.