Mallet, Grenier and Sauve have both been victims of the Wolves' management and coaching staff. The Wolves are a long-standing franchise with independent ownership, and they have a number of AHL-only players signed to their roster. Haydar, Sterling, Davies, Hunt, Matheson, Didiomete, Groulx, Longpre, Miller, Kattelus, Blain, and Climie. That's 2 forward lines and 2 defense pairs worth. All of these players leave less room for the Canucks' prospects... so how exactly can guys like Mallet, Grenier, Rodin, and Sauve prove themselves? Better to get top ECHL minutes than 5 minutes a night at the AHL level (like Mallet was getting earlier this season).
Hopefully the Canucks can reach an agreement to buy Peoria and bring 'em to Abbotsford next year, because the arrangement with the Wolves is not working out. Our prospects need ice time to develop.
This is exactly the point I made in one of the prospect threads awhile back. Agreed completely.
The Wolves have a disgusting amount of players on AHL only contracts, which means there is a disturbing amount of Canucks prospects in the ECHL (7, by my count: Sauve, Rai, Anthony, Friesen, Grenier, Mallet, Myron). Rai and Anthony are pretty much busts, so I'm fine with them in Kalamazoo, and Myron unexpectedly dropped out of college so you can't exactly fault the Wolves for not being able to accommodate him. Sauve, Friesen, Grenier and Mallet, though, really should be developing in the AHL.