Photo: Prince George Cougars defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Tate Olson has nearly doubled his offensive production from the 2014-15 season, having posted nine goals and 47 points in 64 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Chances are pretty good that NHL teams will tell us that every draft selection they make is well thought out. The player they choose is the player they had hoped to secure. And after all, it would be unfair to the athlete to suggest a late round pick was simply a formality. Read more»
Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect and Sherbrooke Phoenix captain Carl Neill fits the profile of the steady stay-at-home defender but his offensive ability should not be underestimated (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks have done a fine job of re-stocking their prospect pool over the last few seasons and the good scouting and smart drafting has finally begun to bear fruit. Former CHL stars Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann are all now full time NHL players. The wisdom of having Virtanen and McCann in the NHL this season could be debated but they should play important roles for the Canucks for many years to come. Here is a look at the Canucks prospects currently playing in the junior ranks of North America.
Photo: Minnesota native Brock Boeser was one of the most dangerous scorers in the 2015 draft class (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks prospects pool might be the least of the franchise’s worries at this moment in time. Ranked right in the middle of the league prior to the 2015 NHL Draft, the group boasts some areas of strength but fails to inspire much confidence on the whole. There is some quality (especially at center) and some quantity (especially on defense) and the Canucks added more of both to the prospect pool. Read more»
Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov turned in a strong 2014-15 season in the WHL, and further helped his draft stock with good showings at the 2015 World Junior Championship and 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft from the Western Hockey League, with the consensus top four rather apparent.
Our list contains six forwards and four defensemen. A total of six players toiled in the Western Conference. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings managed two players in our ranking. There is a definite Canadian presence in our ranking, with seven canucks on the list. Two Americans and one Russian round out the ranking. All 10 were invited to the NHL Combine. Read more»
Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen was chosen sixth overall by the Canucks at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Injuries are a part of hockey. But after seeing Vancouver Canucks‘ 2014 first-round pick Jake Virtanen launch an unsuspecting opponent over the boards in his third game back, it appears his shoulder is just fine. Read more»