JamesB Posted March 4, 2015 Share Posted March 4, 2015 As has come up in other threads, the Canucks will have some tough decisions next fall as several young players will no longer be waiver exempt. This makes the ranking of prospects very interesting. I will use the standard definition of prospects as current rookies, guys who would be rookies if they played on the Canucks this year and young guys fighting for a roster spot. I have given my list below for FORWARDS only and have indicated which guys are not waiver exempt next year. My top 3 are standard. Then it gets interesting and I have some questions after the list. 1. Horvat 2. Virtanen 3. McCann 4. Baertschi (not waiver exempt) 5. Kenins (not sure) (See edit below. Still not sure) 6. Vey (not waiver exempt) 7. Jensen (not sure) (See edit below. .) 8. Cassels 9. Gaunce 10. Shinkaruk 11. Grenier (not waiver exempt) Questions: 1. How many of these guys make the team next year? I think 4, with 5 as the max. 2. Which guys make the team? 3. Who gets moved? There are already 8 forwards under contract: Sedins, Vrbata, Burrows, Bonino, Higgins, Hansen and Kass. And there are two UFAs people expect to be back (Dorsett and Matthias). That makes 10 and does not leave much space for the young guys. There are either 3 or 4 additional rosters spots, depending on whether the team carries 7 or 8 D. Some guys have to go, maybe in trade for draft picks before the draft. Horvat will be on the team. And so will Baertschi. And I think Kenins and Vey will be back. That means Jensen and Grenier would probably go (or would clear waivers and be sent back to Utica). And it means Virtanen will be back in Junior (along with McCann). But I am guessing that Kass and maybe Higgins get moved. There are similar issues on D, but this is enough for one post. Thanks for reading EDIT: I read in a couple of places that Jensen would not be waiver exempt next year. Based on age alone, however, he should be exempt for 5 years, starting with the year he was 18 at the start of the year. That would take him up to 22, which be next year. As for Kenins, I think he was signed at age 22, which means that his exemption expires after 70 professional games or 3 years. Next year would be his 3rd year, so his exemption would expire part way through the season. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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