Photo: Belleville Bulls captain and Vancouver Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce is competing in his fourth, and likely final, season in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
It took a couple of days for Vancouver Canucks’ 2012 first-round draft pick Brendan Gaunce to get over the surreal experience of suiting up with guys that he had previously only seen as pixels or images on a TV screen. But it’s all part of the growing process for the 19-year-old centre and will help in his continued development as one of the OHL’s top players.
Photo: Anton Rodin, Vancouver’s only prospect skating in Europe during the 2013-14 season, is off to a hot start with three goals and 11 points in 11 SHL games for Brynas (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
With a much needed infusion of forward talent, thanks to a bumper crop provided by the 2013 NHL Draft, the Vancouver Canucks prospect cupboards look less bare.
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.