Photo: Sudbury defenseman Frank Corrado could parlay a hot start to his season into a roster spot on Canada's entry at the World Junior Championships. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
For the Vancouver Canucks, the 2012 draft was all about size and grit, with a strong NCAA connection. To obtain that desired size (the average height of players drafted was 6’2), they chose players headed to Maine, Boston University, and Yale. A number of their junior prospects have already come of age, now developing at the pro level or overseas. Therefore, there are a small but promising handful of junior prospects developing within the Canucks' organization.
Photo: Though the Columbus Blue Jackets added several important prospects this past off-season, none were more prominent than defenseman Ryan Murray, who was selected second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Below is the bottom third of the NHL Team Rankings in terms of prospects as voted on by Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.
Photo: Chicago Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack leads a shallow group of netminder in the Vancouver Canucks' prospect pipeline. (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
Had the NHL lockout not come to pass, it certainly would have been an interesting training camp in Penticton this season for the Vancouver Canucks. They have graduated a number of players over the past five years, leaving only a couple of select, higher-tier prospects to mature and come of age. With Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler still on the shelf after surgeries, it was shaping up to be an impromptu game of musical chairs to fill the holes left by Kesler’s and Edler’s convalescence.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado is among the top offensive defenders in the OHL so far in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 28 after scoring one goal and six assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.
Brendan Gaunce will once again be expected to lead the way for the Belleville Bulls heading into the 2012-13 season. (courtesy of Leon T. Switzer/ Icon SMI)
The Vancouver Canucks organization used the 2012 draft to augment their forward talent levels. Already well-stocked on the back end and between the pipes, forwards with grit and size were added to help balance out the positional depth. With that said, many of the interesting stories shaping up for this season come from players that have already spent time in the team's developmental system.