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#1 CanuckRow

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:14 PM

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Canucks assign Steven Anthony, Prab Rai, Adam Polasek, and Joe Cannata to ECHL.


Will Cannata be too good for ECHL? And also surprised Polasek wasn't kept up.

Edited by CanuckRow, 08 October 2012 - 03:15 PM.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:22 PM

Cannata is going to the ECHL to play.

With Lack as starter in the AHL, then Climie as the back-up.... Cannata would've been sitting there doing nothing.

ECHL will allow him to be the starter, then when the lockout is over, and the eventual Luongo deal is done. Lack will move to back-up of the Canucks, and Cannata will then come up to the AHL to take the job from Climie.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:40 PM

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:41 PM

Cannata is going to the ECHL to play.

With Lack as starter in the AHL, then Climie as the back-up.... Cannata would've been sitting there doing nothing.

ECHL will allow him to be the starter, then when the lockout is over, and the eventual Luongo deal is done. Lack will move to back-up of the Canucks, and Cannata will then come up to the AHL to take the job from Climie.


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What isn't good is that Polasek and Anthony were sent down. If they aren't called up to the Wolves sometime this season I would be suprised.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:44 PM

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What isn't good is that Polasek and Anthony were sent down. If they aren't called up to the Wolves sometime this season I would be suprised.


Only way I see them getting recalled is if there are lots of injuries or the lockout ends and the numerous Canucks players get called up again. The only reason they are in the ECHL right now is the lockout though so don't be worried.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:51 PM

is that the league Bieber plays in?


Bieber doesn't play in any league.

But that is the league that has the team (Bakersfield Condors) that offered the contract to Bieber.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

Cannata probably is too good to be in the ECHL, but he gets to be a starter rather than play behind Lack,I'm not surprised Rai and Anthony were sent down....They kinda suck. But Polasek I thought had a good chance to be noteworthy player for the Wolves. I guess he got caught in the numbers game with guys like Tanev, Connauton, Sauve, Joslin, Mullen, Andersson, etc.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

The lockout obviously makes alot less spots available. Guys like Kassian, Schroeder, Tanev, and possibly even Connauton will most likely be with the Canucks, if and when the season starts.

So that would open up two spots on defense for Polasek to come back, and two spots on forward for Anthony and whoever else to come back.

It will be good to get Andersson some games in the AHL though. And Cannata should do well in the ECHL. I personally think he's too good for that league, but that's what comes with not having full control over your farm team.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

bieber got the same contact as buble got with the nucks
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

Really only surprised about Polasek, but that's a numbers game. Joslin and Mullen had a good preseason. Tanev and Connauton were locks, and Sauve and Andersson were the other competition.

As has been said, Cannata will get the starting gig in the ECHL rather than warm the bench most nights, and Rai was just another center we had better of. Anthony needed to make a significant step along with Archibald to earn a spot with the lockout as well, so much of this was an expected move.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:03 PM

Many of these players would normally be in the AHL, but in terms of development, having more ice-time never hurts.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:24 PM

I think most interesting is Kellan Tochkin got assigned to the Central Hockey League, not the ECHL.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:34 PM

Prab Rai has been a huge disappointment, thought he would at least crack the AHL.

Edited by EV604, 08 October 2012 - 10:34 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:04 AM

Polasek too? I am surprised.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:28 AM

I think most interesting is Kellan Tochkin got assigned to the Central Hockey League, not the ECHL.

the CHL is the farm team of players signed with the wolves (like tochkin), the ECHL is the farm team for canucks signed players.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:12 AM

the CHL is the farm team of players signed with the wolves (like tochkin), the ECHL is the farm team for canucks signed players.


So Tochkin is signed to both teams, sort of like Pinnizzotto?
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:26 AM

So Tochkin is signed to both teams, sort of like Pinnizzotto?

i thought he was, but I'm having difficulty finding the source for it. The canucks don't have an affiliate deal with a CHL team so typically only players signed with the wolves would be sent there.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:17 AM

the CHL is the farm team of players signed with the wolves (like tochkin), the ECHL is the farm team for canucks signed players.

Kellan Tochkin is on an entry-level contract with the Canucks. The ECHL and AHL are the only recognized minor leagues in the CBA, so Tochkin could only be assigned to one of these two leagues. They would have to get his permission to get assigned to the Central Hockey League.

Interesting that they would think Central Hockey League would be best for him over the ECHL.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:17 AM

i thought he was, but I'm having difficulty finding the source for it. The canucks don't have an affiliate deal with a CHL team so typically only players signed with the wolves would be sent there.


Dan Gendur was also assigned to the CHL (By Nashville after being traded)

Edited by Squeak, 09 October 2012 - 10:28 AM.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:23 AM

Dan Gendur was also assigned to the CHL (prior to be traded to Nashville)


Didn't Gendur play in Victoria when they were our ECHL team?
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:28 AM

Didn't Gendur play in Victoria when they were our ECHL team?


Yes - and then the Johnstown Cheifs of the ECHL.

Upon further digging, he was assigned to the CHL by the Predators, as the trade happened right before the season started.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:42 AM

Dan Gendur was also assigned to the CHL (By Nashville after being traded)

gendur was assigned to the CHL by nashville after he was traded.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:02 AM

gendur was assigned to the CHL by nashville after he was traded.
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I said that 14 minutes before you did.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:05 AM

I said that 14 minutes before you did.

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sorry, page was open while i was watching the cancellation of the skydive balloon launch

also, i suspect funny business... i think you may have cheated.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:52 AM

sorry, page was open while i was watching the cancellation of the skydive balloon launch

also, i suspect funny business... i think you may have cheated.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:54 AM

Prab Rai has been a huge disappointment, thought he would at least crack the AHL.


Agreed. But he may be a late bloomer.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:24 PM

Rai hasn't had much of a chance to develop, being sick and injured all the time.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

Rai hasn't had much of a chance to develop, being sick and injured all the time.


This. Poor guy has had a rough couple of years. But a 40 goal scorer in the WHL must have some upside. I'll keep an open mind about him this year.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:02 PM

I think if Prab Rai actually was healthy he'd be a great player. Dude hit beast mode a couple preseasons ago. I was really impressed with his playing style. His juniors tourney stuff was quite impressive too.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:05 PM

Unfortunately there's so many players that are above Rai in the depth chart right now. I don't see how he ever gets a shot with the Canucks.

If he had done well in his time with the Wings last season I would have hope. But if he's struggling in the ECHL, he's a long ways from making the NHL.
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