The Vancouver Canucks added several young players to the system through draft and free agency. But how do they fare against who was already there, and what can we expect from them?
Back in March, our staff sat together to rank all Vancouver Canucks prospects and create a consensus top-10 ranking. That was just four months ago, but a lot has changed since then. Fifth-overall pick Olli Juolevi and top NCAA signing Troy Stecher are just two of a few new faces on the list. Not everyone cracked the top 10, but the prospect pool definitely got deeper this summer.
Here’s what our March top 10 looked like, with their average rank in brackets.
- RW Brock Boeser (1.7)
- G Thatcher Demko (2.0)
- C Brendan Gaunce (3.8)
- D Jordan Subban (4.5)
- D Nikita Tryamkin (5.8)
- D Andrey Pedan (7.8)
- RW Anton Rodin (7.7)
- D Tate Olson (9.3)
- D Guillaume Brisebois (10.5)
- C Cole Cassels (10.7)
Now, I have good news and bad news (which are also kind of good). Good news first, you can see that out of our top-12 players from March, only Ronalds Kenins departed, which makes for good comparability. The bad news is that we changed our rules a bit which sees different players considered prospects.
The rules are as follows. A player is considered graduated to the NHL if he
- has played in 65 NHL games or more or
- is 25 years of age
That doesn’t change much about our March ranking, other than the fact that Anton Rodin is no longer considered a prospect, as he is 25 years of age, while Jake Virtanen is. We left Virtanen off our list before because he was a full-time NHL player, but so far, he has only appeared in 55 NHL games and there is a chance that he will start the 2016-17 season in the American Hockey League.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.