It’s a busy time in the prospect world with several events wrapping up and others just beginning. In this week’s Prospect Need to Know wrap, I’ll shed the spotlight on players from the World Under-17 Challenge, the Five Nations under-18 tourney and Four Nations under-20 showdown. So we’re getting into all the age brackets today. Also, the CHL-Russia Super Series kicked off, with the WHL taking Game 1 for the major junior side. That’s a series to watch for the next 10 days, as Canada’s world junior scouts will be grading carefully.
Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows has a reputation of being one of the most difficult players in the NHL to play against. On top of his speed and ability to contribute offensively, the Canucks left winger has a penchant for being one of the more pesky players in the league. Jordin Tootoo said Burrows went too far Sunday night, though.
In the first period of Sunday’s game, Burrows and New Jersey’s Tootoo found themselves in the penalty box at the same time. Tootoo, who had taken a holding minor earlier in the period, was still serving his penalty when Burrows and Devils center Travis Zajac got into a shoving match that saw both whistled for roughing minors. Once Burrows was in the box, he could be seen shouting across to Tootoo and Zajac.
While it was unclear what Burrows said, Tootoo was clearly angered by it post-game, telling reporters that Burrows was out of line with his comments. Read more
In a penalty-filled game between New Jersey and Vancouver, Devils defenseman Adam Larsson found himself heading for an early shower after being hit with a major penalty and game misconduct stemming from an interference penalty he took on Canucks rookie Jared McCann.
Larsson’s interference major came midway through the third period with the Devils and Canucks tied at three. McCann was swooping around the net after a loose puck when Larsson lined him up, and a second after McCann had pushed the puck forwards with a poke, Larsson ran through him with a thunderous hit: Read more
For 11 seasons, goaltender Ryan Miller was the backbone of the Buffalo Sabres.
No goaltender in the history of the franchise has played more games between the pipes, not even the outstanding Dominik Hasek. And Miller, with 284 wins, is the winningest netminders to ever suit up in Buffalo. Few in upstate New York will forget Miller’s 2009-10 season, either, when he led the Sabres to a Northwest Division title with a Vezina Trophy-winning performance between the pipes.
But since leaving Buffalo at the trade deadline in 2014, Miller hasn’t returned to face the Sabres. That is until Saturday afternoon, when he took the net for the Canucks. As it was Miller’s first game back, the Sabres prepared a touching tribute for their longtime netminder which is filled with unforgettable calls by the unbeatable Rick Jeanneret. Take a look: Read more
Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa have spent a decade as teammates. First, they played together with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and, post-lockout, they both suited up for the Vancouver Canucks.
But in 2014-15, Kesler found himself in Anahiem playing for the Ducks. It just so happened, however, that the Ducks also coveted Bieksa and went out and acquired the blueliner this past off-season, reuniting Kesler and Bieksa, former roommates, once again.
Well, that familiarity has bred quite a relationship between Kesler and Bieksa, and it was on full display during the second season debut of Kesler’s “web series” ‘Between Two Zambonis.’ Come for the laughs between two good friends, stay for the jokes about Bieksa’s relationship with Corey Perry: Read more
Now that Sergei Fedorov is taking his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame and Pavel Bure was finally inducted in 2012, nine long years after he retired, there is an empty spot that needs to be filled. And next year might just be the time to do it.
Because if Alexander Mogilny is going to find his way into the Hall of Fame, 2016 presents a golden opportunity. For one of the few years ever, there is not a slam-dunk Hall of Famer who retired after the 2012-13 season, so the Class of 2016 is wide open for the likes of Mogilny and Eric Lindros.
And Fedorov, for one, believes Mogilny should be in the Hall of Fame immediately.
The Vancouver Canucks will not be sending rookies Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen back to junior right now – but they made the teenagers earn it.
There’s a good chance Larry Orr would have cringed at Jamie Benn’s goal celebration when he scored in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night.
The goal came with 2:28 remaining in overtime and capped a wild Dallas rally. It also padded Benn’s lead in both goals (nine) and points (17) in his quest for his second straight scoring title. And the instant after he fired the puck over Ryan Miller’s glove hand to seal the win, the usually subdued Benn looked to the heavens and pointed several times.