“To get to the next level, you have to show consistency,” Tochkin said. “Tonight, I was pretty much opposite to what I was last night [against Alberta]. I showed the junior side of my game. But I’ll learn from this.”
Like Iain, I’m impressed with the maturity of the guys in Canucks prospects camp. They aren’t only skilled, but are also well aware of what they need to do improve their game. While their NHL careers aren’t guaranteed, they certainly have the drive to eventualy get there.
Which is good because Mike Gillis stated this morning on the TEAM 1040 that he’s letting the players resolve the Canucks’ salary cap issues.
“I’m going to let players resolve our cap issues for us. There’s going to be competition, and I want that competition, I want it to be healthy competition where guys feel nervous about their place here, and they have to be at the top of their game to play on this team.”
I’m not saying that Tochkin or any of the other players in prospects camp can make the opening day roster, but if they at least make it to the main training camp (and about 10 of them will), they can certainly make it interesting and move themselves up the team’s depth chart.