Saturday, September 13, 2014

Game One Recap

Hey Cool Kids, my recap, news and notes from Game One of the Young Stars Tournament is up on, check check check it out.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Initial Notes for the 9/12 Game between the Canucks and Oilers

Valk is making Bubba look like a genius!

Valk - This kid has the skills to pay the bill. I initially picked him to be the most impressive Canuck in the tournament and so far I'm looking good. He needs a pro contract and to score 50-60 points a year in Utica for the next two years.

Subban - Had some defensive gaffs but showed extremely talented puck handling and skating. Also showed he can handle physical play tonight. He's going to need a few years to play NHL level defense but he's the only real Canucks defensive prospect at the tournament.

Fox - I really didn't think he'd have the speed to compete at this level but displays a near elite shot and the ability to get it off anywhere. I feel like his game is a combination of Steve Ott and Brett Hull. Great prospect for the system.

Lotz - Good junior goaltender who held the Canucks in the game tonight. I don't feel he's worth a pro contract but it'll be interesting to see where he winds up.


Jensen - He's the oldest Canucks forward, a former first round pick and shouldn't even be technically playing in this tournament with his pro experience. Really showed an inability to play with teammates or have much creativity in the offensive zone. He should be dominating this tournament but just looked foolish the few times he was noticeable. Canucks need to trade this guy for something soon before they lose an asset for nothing.

Blain - This guy is terrible and the fact that he's the oldest Canuck in the tournament and has a pro contract is  worthy. I have to wonder if he'd even be ECHL material with the amount of defensive gaffs he made tonight.

Liberati - The guy can skate but that's about it. Really see nothing in his game that leads me to believe he'll be a decent pro.

Gaunce - Avoided physical play and just kind of floated around out there. Really didn't show anything and drew unfavorable comparisons to Taylor Pyatt.

Everyone else was just kind meh.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Neither 2014 1st round Canucks pick will participate in the Young Stars Tournament

McCann has mono... we'll refrain from the obvious jokes.

...And then you remember we're Canucks fans...
VAN's 2014 1st rounder (24th overall) Jared McCann will not participate in Penticton rookie tourney. Sidelinedwith mononucleosis.

The Canucks Young Stars Tournament Player Guide Is Finally Out!


Hey guys, my new Canucks' Player Guide for the 2014 Young Stars Tournament just came out today. 4,600 words of information and video highlights on every Canucks prospect at the tournament. Give it a read.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Top 10 Canucks that will impress at the 2014 Young Stars Tournament

Klarc Wilson is a virtual lock to generate a ton of buzz following the inevitable fights he'll get into at this tournament to make a name for himself.

Here's my top ten list of Canucks I think will impress at the Young Stars Tournament.
1. Curtis Valk
2. Hunter Shinkaruk
3. Bo Horvat
4. Cole Cassels
5. Jared McCann
6. Michael Zalewski
7. Brendan Gaunce
8. Jordan Subban
9. Jackson Whistle
10. Klarc Wilson

Canucks' Player Guide Coming Soon / Look out for Curtis Valk

Could Curtis Valk be Darren Haydar or Martin St. Louis?
Will the Canucks purchase the lottery ticket to find out?


I just dropped 4,600 words for The Hockey Writers on every Vancouver Canucks prospect coming to the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in just two days. This is going to be a really in-depth player guide so you know who every prospect is in the tournament.

The two players I am most excited about are both from the Medicene Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League in Curtis Valk and Hunter Shinkaruk. Valk is a camp invite who is my pick to decimate this tournament for the Canucks. I think Shinkaruk's performance in this tournament will generate a ton of buzz for him.

Who's got two thumbs and is excited for this tournament? This guy. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Canucks Player Guide for the Youngstars Tournament

Bo Horvat, Canucks
Save us Bo Horvat, you're our only hope.
Hey good people, I got an article dropping in the next day or two on as a player guide for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Young Stars tournament. Finally hockey is only a few days away. This tournament is going to be awesome as the Canucks boast six different first round picks in their forward group and will feature a lot of the best young prospects from Canadian teams.

My article is up on the Regime Change for the Canucks

New head coach and cattle wrangler: Willie Desjardins

Check out this cool article on all the coaching and management changes with the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks changed up virtually everything this off-season and brought in a lot of new blood, this article explains what happened and who's who. Please share if you like it.