The Canucks prospect training camp kicks off on Wednesday, but it won’t just be Canucks prospects attending. As per usual, the Canucks have invited a number of undrafted and/or unsigned players to fill out their camp roster. Of the 31 players coming to camp and the Young Stars tournament, 11 are invitees hoping to catch the attention of Canucks’ management or, perhaps, the management of one of the other teams participating.
There’s even a recent success story from the Canucks invitees: Antoine Roussel. The native of France was an invitee at the Canucks’ 2011 prospect training camp and did enough during the Young Stars tournament to earn an invite to the Canucks’ main camp. He didn’t quite do enough to earn a contract with the Canucks, but did sign with their AHL affiliate at the time, the Chicago Wolves. His tough physical play earned the attention of the Dallas Stars and, after signing with them, had a surprisingly good 2012-13 season in the NHL, putting up 14 points in 39 games to go with his pugilistic tendencies.
The Canucks might hope that they actually signed the next invitee that has an NHL future, rather than seeing him go on to succeed elsewhere. Could any of this year’s invitees be that player? Let’s take a look at the first 5 invitees and try to learn a little bit more about them before they don Canucks jerseys this week.Continue Reading —›
Jason Garrison has a fantastic debut season with the Canucks at both ends of the ice. Defensively, he was a rock, forming an excellent shutdown pairing with Dan Hamhuis (although it left Kevin Bieksa paired with Alex Edler, which was much less excellent). At the offensive end, he scored 8 goals in 48 games — all in pretty much the same way. What we learned, time and time again, is that Garrison has a pretty decent release.
Actually, decent is an understatement. When he gets the puck at the point with a little time and space, it’s such an automatic killshot he may as well hold his stick sideways.
And so we ask: do you like goals from the top of the zone? Because if so, then boy oh boy, you’re gonna like what we have in store for you. It’s eight of that thing you like. Granted, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all, but it’s way more fun to see them all.Continue Reading —›