- Canuck players define team culture (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Gillis says youth will be served (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Canucks reckon great Dane Hansen’s made of steel, not marzipan (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- All’s simply not Wellwood (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Hodgson’s choice of newcomers (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Wellwood’s condition gives coach fits (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- GM stays home, D moves forward (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks put Wellwood on notice (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- Vigneault blasts Wellwood (Scott Rintoul, Metro News)
- A year makes a difference (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Hodgson on a roll (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Cowan’s not cowed by tough times (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Kesler says sky’s the limit (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- New look Luongo has desire to win (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Unknown goalie goes jogging (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Don’t worry, ‘Nucks won’t suck (Barry Macdonald, 24 Hours)
- Gillis to give youngsters a go (Scott Rintoul, Metro)
The Vancouver Canucks prospect camp starts today at UBC Thunderbird arena, albeit with a smaller group of prospects (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun):
In previous seasons, every living, breathing player not on the National Hockey League roster was expected to show up to skate, shoot and fight. All the top minor leaguers were present. It was a useful exercise in gauging the organization’s depth below the NHL level.
If you showed well in prospects camp, you were better received at main camp. Stink it up and you were re-assigned before getting a chance to tell the Sedin twins apart.
This season, however, it is a true rookie camp. Players with minimal pro experience, no pro experience and those still in junior will comprise the 23-man roster.
It’s interesting because instead of being compared against everyone they could be competing for an NHL job for, they’re going to be compared only against players, who, theoretically, are at the same stage of development.
That said, there’s good hype about some of the prospects already (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province). Michael Grabner and Cody Hodgson, the Canucks’ top draft picks in 2006 and 2008 respectively, are expected to not only make it through to the main camp, but also to challenge for a spot on the big team. Though at this point, I’m not sure if that’s a testament of how good Grabner and Hodgson are or how much Mike Gillis needs Mats Sundin to sign.