Photo: London Knights center Bo Horvat finished the regular season in the team’s top five in goals (30) and points (74) (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Bo Horvat now leads the Vancouver Canucks Top 20 ranking as Nicklas Jensen has struggled to find his footing in the NHL this season.
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: The second of two Canucks selections in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Hunter Shinkaruk had a strong showing in preseason play before returning to Medicine Hat (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
In what some prognosticators are dubbing the most significant draft since the Sedins were drafted in 1999, the Canucks addressed multiple areas of concern, specifically their forward depth, during the 2013 NHL Draft.
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: Nicklas Jensen, shown here skating for Team Denmark, is expected to return to North America after his season ends in the Swedish Elite League. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
For the Vancouver Canucks organization, regular season success over the last half-decade has been a dual-edged sword. Winners of multiple President’s Trophies and continually atop the Northwest Division standings, any neutral hockey enthusiast might think it is crazy to label their success a bane. But on two levels, this success has presented challenges that few organizations would covet.