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.
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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.