September 22 2016 11:00AM
The invitees stole the show at this weekend's Canucks Young Stars Classic in a tournament where previously they'd mostly been an afterthought. Invitees accounted for a large portion of the Canucks' offence across three games, contributing three of the seven goals Vancouver scored in the tournament.
Generally, you'd hope that the players lighting it up at your development camp would be members of the organization. Unfortunately for the Canucks, they weren't coming into the tournament with a particularly impressive forward group. It's important to note that they have some players that weren't able to compete and that many of their young forwards have already graduated to the NHL, though. The prospect depth at forward is still worrisome, but the Young Stars roster made it look worse than it is.
September 22 2016 09:00AM
A few weeks ago, I completed an exercise using pGPS to look at the UFA prospects then Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis signed during his tenure at the time of their signings.
Seeing the have and have nots in terms of NHL potential proved an interesting endeavour. Unsurprisingly, Chris Tanev checked out as one of the better-rated prospects of the group when viewed through the lens of pGPS (Prospect Graduation Probabilities System) at the time of his signing.
In the comment section, and on Twitter, there were requests to do all of Mike Gillis's draft classes. Well, ask and you shall receive. Today's post will kick off a week-long series reviewing the 2008-13 draft classes with pGPS.
Before we dive in, let's make it clear that this isn't a comparison between the previous regime and the current one. This is simply an exercise of looking back to see how those draft classes would've looked using the tools we have available to us now.
September 22 2016 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames announced their training camp roster last night, including dozens of players from previous seasons of the team... and six names we probably didn't expect to see.
Those six? They're the few. They proud. The professional tryouts.
Let's get to know them, shall we?
September 21 2016 06:23PM
Credit: Kevin Sousa of USA TODAY Sports
Exhale, everybody. That was undoubtedly the best game of the tournament so far, and if you were watching, count yourself lucky. It will probably end up being the best game of the tournament, period. With a semifinal berth at stake, Team Sweden and Team North America turned in a high-octane thriller that ended in a fitting fashion: An electrifying 3-on-3 OT with end-to-end rushes, dramatic saves, and a beauty of a game-winning goal.
If you missed this one, you'll want to go ahead and watch a replay of the entire game, because this matchup was one for the ages. Sure, there's no history or bad blood between Sweden and this North America team, but there was a whole lot of skill and talent on the ice between the two teams, and we sure saw plenty of it.
September 21 2016 05:53PM
Canada and “Europe” are both bound for the playoff round of the World Cup, but that doesn’t make this final game of the preliminary round meaningless. The winner finishes the group segment with a perfect record; the loser draws Sweden in the semifinal. It’s a game worth winning.