Vancouver has iced very good rosters for a long time now. Despite having not yet won the Stanley Cup, the Canucks accomplished a lot in the 2000s on the strengths of Daniel and Henrik Sedin’s puck possession skills, Ryan Kesler’s defensive game, the goaltending of Roberto Luongo, and teams that were composed from top to bottom with strong talents who could drive play. The Sedins will be 35 years old when the 2015-16 season starts, Kesler and Luongo are gone, and though the team has performed well this season, it is no longer among the President’s Trophy favorites. Management has not had the luxury of lottery picks to build around, but there are several prospects in the system who will help ease the transition to a post-Sedin era, whenever that arrives.
Led by standout performances from AHL veterans Jacob Markstrom, Dustin Jeffrey, Bobby Sanguinetti, and Cal O’Reilly, the Utica Comets hit the All-Star break in third place in the Western Conference but have games in hand on all competing teams. The Comets feature a combination of experience and young talent, creating a balanced roster that looks ready to push for a Calder Cup.
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.
With the Vancouver Canucks advancement to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, most eyes have been focused on GM Mike Gillis’ accomplishments at the NHL level. However, quietly and purposefully, Gillis is building a solid talent pipeline, some might argue the "old fashioned way," from the net out.
Bolstered by the 2010 free agent signing of Swedish prospect Eddie Lack, goaltending is the real strength of the Canucks’ organization. However, good scouting and drafting, in the middle rounds especially, has produced a number of solid blue line prospects.
Perhaps still lacking are the forward positions, where premier prospect Cody Hodgson has essentially matriculated to full-time NHL player. However, 2011 first round draft pick Nicklas Jensen leads a fairly strong group of right wing prospects.