Photo: London Knights forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Bo Horvat will attempt to lead the Knights to a Memorial Cup after a near miss in 2013 that included Horvat’s winning of the Wayne Gretzky Award as the MVP of the OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The scene: The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The players: a 27-year-old ‘franchise’ goaltender and an 18-year-old London, ON-born forward who was coming off of an OHL playoff coming-out party and second-straight Memorial Cup appearance. And while the names Cory Schneider and Bo Horvat will long be linked together thanks to a Draft Day trade, the ninth-overall selection of the 2013 NHL Draft knows this will not be the climax of his story.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele begins his first full professional season in the NHL in 2013-14. Scheifele was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft and the first made by the new Jets organization. (courtesy of Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
The Fall 2013 edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects has been released, but there are many very talented players who did not make the cut. Ranking the prospects was especially difficult given the sheer volume of quality players who did not graduate because of the truncated 2012-13 NHL season.
Photo: Nicklas Jensen made his NHL debut late in the 2012-13 season and could be in line for more ice time with the Canucks at some point during the upcoming season (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
After years of late-round drafting, two quick first round playoff exits, and a starting goaltender slow-burn drama, Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced he was hitting the reset button. That reset started in Newark, New Jersey during the 2013 NHL Draft, ushering in a new wave of prospects, a coaching staff change, and a shift in expectations for the fanbase for the 2013-14 season.
Photo: The Canucks traded into the top-10 to select Bo Horvat with the ninth overall pick, the highest pick by Vancouver since the Sedins were drafted 2nd and 3rd overall in 1999 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey would be the setting for the Vancouver Canucks to leave an indelible mark, not just in regards to their own draft and future, but to the host city and their hockey fortunes as well.
Photo: Belleville Bulls center Brendan Gaunce, the Canucks 26th overall pick last summer, was the first of four forwards taken by Vancouver with their five picks in 2012 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
After another quick exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, it is no secret that the winds of change are blowing in Vancouver. General Manager Mike Gillis has frequently used the term “reset” to describe the focus of this off-season for the Vancouver Canucks. In truth, anything short of fulfilling that term would be disastrous for Gillis, with local media already quoting the new phraseology. In addition, a restless fan base has voiced their opinion and made it clear that they will not be satisfied with the status quo.