Vancouver Canucks top prospects of week 25: Dahlen, Pettersson, Jasek

MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 31: Lukas Jasek /
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We’re spending this week’s recap on the continent of Europe. Jonathan Dahlén left the greatest parting gift with his childhood team and you get to see a prospect that you have probably forgotten about. Here are your top Canucks propects of the week.

All good things must come to an end. No, I’m not talking about the Vancouver Canucks‘ season. Or about the interesting string of tweets from Francesco Aquilini (Canucks PR might want to learn that we have 280 characters per tweet now).

The illustrious careers of Henrik and Daniel Sedin have crossed the finish line. Being more than worthy for the Hall of Fame, there aren’t many words that I can add to what has been already said. With their departure, they create openings for our younger players to take over (good luck with that).

Although none of our prospects should be expected to fill those shoes , we can see them establish their own stories for the next several years. Perhaps they will touch this city in a profound way. Maybe they will get the chance to compete for the ultimate prize in this league. Maybe not. For now, we can continue to brag about our prospect pool and annoy everyone else around the NHL fandom.

Utica Comets and Owen Sound Attack

In case you missed it, Kole Lind debuted with the Utica Comets. With three AHL games under his belt, Lind has no points. Don’t panic. Like I said last week, the transition will take time. This is best to give Lind a taste of what is expected in pro hockey and how hard he needs to work this summer. Not every prospect can make an immediate impact like our number three prospect of the week. Lind is almost 19-years-old, not 21. Give him time.

For what it’s worth, Comets GM Ryan Johnson says he likes what he sees. However, I don’t care much for what Johnson has to say. He is rarely a useful source of information, and considering his position, it’s disappointing.

Over in the OHL, Owen Sound takes on the best team in the OHL, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In three games this week, the Attack have a 2-1 lead over the Greyhounds. Brett McKenzie had another good week, picking up a goal and four assists. No game winners this week, but still quietly working.

Jonah Gadjovich only has one point in seven playoff games. He’s playing a lot of minutes, but can’t seem to find the back of the net. Hopefully, he can get out of this funk for the purposes of covering him. Fortunately, the team around him is deep.

Jack Rathbone, Olli Juolevi and Petrus Palmu

Before the top three, I just wanted to bring up Jack Rathbone. I don’t know if his season is over at Dexter School, but his stats have not changed since the last update. Although, thanks to Ryan Biech, we learned Jack Rathbone had a hat trick and an assist to send the U18 Cape Cod Whalers to the National Midget Semifinals.

As for TPS Turku, their season is over, after being swept by Tappara. Petrus Palmu finished the Liiga playoffs with five points in ten games. His teammate Olli Juolevi had seven points in the same number of games. TPS will play in a Bronze Medal game.

After that, we will see if either report to Utica. I believe the transfer for Juolevi is simple, but Palmu would likely need to be brought in on an ATO like Lukas Jasek. There may be considerations for the World Championships, but based on Olympic selections, I wouldn’t be so confident.