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.
Through the first six weeks of the 2015-16 American Hockey League (AHL) season, four teams in the Eastern Conference have separated themselves from the rest of the group. The top two teams in the East – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Toronto Marlies – have done so with extraordinary play in opposite regards, with one team (Toronto) lighting the lamp at an alarming rate and the other (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) playing stalwart defense. Read more»
As the 2015-16 season gets underway the Vancouver Canucks find themselves in an unfamiliar situation. For the first time in many years the Canucks actually have some prospects that could push a few of the veterans for NHL jobs. Aside from Bo Horvat there has been very little homegrown talent injected into the Canucks lineup in recent memory. The fans and the Canucks organization are excited at the prospect of some youth being injected into the team as the current core group is nearing the end of their careers. Read more»
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.
The season ended suddenly and surprisingly for the Canucks at the hands of the Calgary Flames, a team that was not expected to do much of anything this season but whose undervalued prospect depth has quickly proven to be on track and capable. The Canucks on the other hand now find themselves in a transitional phase, with Daniel and Henrik Sedin showing signs of slowing down, but with a strong group of players coming up to bolster an experienced NHL core. The good news is that the bulk of the prospect pool enjoyed post-season runs during the 2014-15 season, with deep playoff runs in the AHL and OHL playoffs for some notable names.