From Cleve Dheensaw (Victoria Times Colonist): With prodigy Cody Hodgson and the intriguing Russian Sergei Shirokov grabbing the headier storylines for the forwards in the Vancouver Canucks rookie camp, Dan Gendur of Victoria continues his quieter quest to move up the hockey ladder. Fellow Victorian Taylor Ellington, meanwhile, has seen the recent flurry of blue-line veterans acquired by the Canucks and must know his fate is to also begin his pro career in the minors. Having a season in the minors under his belt, with nine goals and 38 points in 52 games with the hometown Victoria Salmon Kings of...Click here to read more.
Nick Patterson covers the Everett Silvertips for the Everett Herald. While covering the Silvertips’ preseason, he took some time to answer our questions regarding Canucks prospects, Kellan Tochkin and Taylor Ellington. ———– Photo credit: Everett Silvertips CHB: After leading all WHL rookies in scoring 74 points, what are yours (and the Silvertips’) expectations from Kellan Tochkin? Nick Patterson: It’s interesting because although Tochkin led the team in scoring, he was thought of more as part of a unit than as an individual. He teamed with fellow 17-year-old rookies Byron Froese and Tyler Maxwell to form a young and dynamic line,...Click here to read more.
Canucks, Flames going in opposite directions (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks in first? No foolin’ (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Do the math: Canucks need one more win to officially clinch playoff spot (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Give Vigneault due credit for Canucks roll (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) It’s truly Wild when Hank scores (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Ducks elite D-man eyes 2010 (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Hindsight beats heck out of flights of foresight (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Rypien makes surprise return (Greg Harder, Regina Leader-Post) Staying healthy key for Canucks (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Canucks in good...Click here to read more.
Luongo tames Wild in overtime (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks like the view from the top after defeating Wild (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Burrows a big-time bargain for Canucks (Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal) Canucks find NW passage (Ian Busby, Calgary Sun) Wild’s playoff chances running out (Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Young guns could become Moose mainstays (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Moose stopper Schneider doesn’t want to stop now (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Plenty of time for Schneider to pad his stats (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.
It’s been a good past few days for some Vancouver Canucks prospects. 2008 1st round wonderboy Cody Hodgson won a bunch of awards (batallionhockey.com with HT to ‘Nucks Misconduct): Cody Hodgson was a multiple winner as the Brampton Battalion presented its yearly awards Sunday. Centre Hodgson received the Ontario Hockey League team’s player of the year and most sportsmanlike player honours and also collected the Don (Hockey) Hadley Memorial Award, named for a longtime season ticketholder and presented by the Booster Brigade as the fans’ favourite player. Defenseman Yann Sauve won one (Nathan White, Telegraph-Journal): The Children’s Wish Foundation Fan...Click here to read more.
After completing Prospects Camp and the rookie tourney in Camrose, the Vancouver Canucks announced the following cuts today: Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have reduced their training camp roster by 14 players. The Vancouver Canucks will now have 45 players attending main training camp in Whistler, B.C., September 19-21. The following players have been assigned to the Manitoba Moose: Mario Bliznak Centre Manitoba Moose AHL Patrick Coulombe Defence Manitoba Moose AHL The following players have been assigned to their junior clubs: Morgan Clark Goalie Red Deer WHL Prab Rai Centre Seattle WHL The following...Click here to read more.