Photo: Notre Dame defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns will cap off his college career with his most productive offensive season for the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Zumapress/Icon SMI)
This season, the NCAA features an array of outstanding NHL-drafted defensemen and many of them, particularly underclassmen, have been left off this year’s list. The ten defensemen ranked here are all having excellent seasons with their respective teams and have made tremendous strides in their development.
Photo: University of Minnesota backstop Adam Wilcox, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, and the Gophers hold the top spot in the Big Ten going into the final weeks of the NCAA regular season (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)
Welcome to the February 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Center Jordan Schroeder, selected 22nd overall in 2009, recently returned to the Canucks lineup after recovering from an ankle injury (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
Things were certainly looking up in Vancouver during the 2008-09 campaign, especially considering the note they ended the 2007-08 season with. After failing to make the playoffs, the Canucks bounced back to secure the third seed in the Western Conference.
Photo: Swedish defenesman Henrik Tommernes, playing in his first season in North America, ranks second in defensive scoring for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
The inaugural season for the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, has indeed been a challenging one. Although the Comets have had some good wins over the last month, they still have dubious distinction of having the fewest standings points in the AHL.
Photo: Hunter Shinkaruk scored the game-winning goal in the series-clinching win over Russia in the finale of the Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
November was a month that several Canucks junior prospects will not forget for some time, with the brisk winds of trade blowing in the OHL, relocating several of the players.