Popular Post canucklehead44 Posted December 5, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted December 5, 2021 One thing I noticed on our current squad is the lack of skaters developed in the AHL. Other than Demko we don't have anyone in the lineup who played significant games for a minor league affiliate. As point of comparison Toronto has six players - I only use that comparison because I would usually attend Marlies - Comets games when Utica visited Toronto. Guys that we have developed for a long time - Juolevi, Mac, Gadjovich were essentially tossed when ready to make the lineup. I decided to dig into the Canucks seasons and see what the numbers looked like in previous years. Using 40 games in our AHL system I felt was at least a decent amount (half a season) to gauge the impact of AHL development on the lineup. And out of players who played 40 games in our minor league system, to play at least 40 games for the Canucks (in a season, prorated for lockout) and 150 games in their NHL.Interesting tidbit: the 2011 cup finals team had 11 players suit up during our playoff run who played a minimum of 40 games in our minor league system. Here are some of the players we have developed Quote Burke Era: Matt Cooke (55 AHL, 1056 NHL career), Brent Sopel (195 AHL, 659 NHL career), Artem Chubarov (44 AHL, 228 NHL career), Bryan Allen (166 AHL, 721 NHL Career), Jarkko Ruutu (115 AHL, 652 NHL career), Ryan Kesler (125 AHL, 1001 NHL career), Alex Burrows (134 AHL, 913 NHL career), Josh Green (126 Canucks AHL, 99 Canucks NHL), Kevin Bieksa (134 AHL, 808 career NHL), Nolan Baumgartner (too many to count AHL, 99 Canucks NHL)Nonis Era: Mason Raymond (44 AHL, 546 NHL career), Alex Edler (49 AHL, 947 NHL career),Gillis Era: Jannik Hansen (141 AHL, 626 career NHL), Chris Tanev (116 AHL, 594 NHL career), Cody Hodgson (63 AHL, 328 NHL career), Jordan Schroeder (204 AHL, 165 NHL career), Rick Rypien RIP (130 AHL, 119 Canucks)Benning Era: Jake Virtanen (67 AHL, 317 NHL Career), Alex Biega (176 AHL, 241 NHL career) Missed the cut: Michael Grabner (180 Canucks AHL, 640 NHL with only 29 for Canucks), Kevin Connauton (217 Canucks AHL, 334 NHL career), Zack Kassian (only 29 games for Chicago Wolves), Nikolay Goldobin (84 Canucks AHL, 125 career), Brendan Gaunce (only 118 NHL games), Zack MacEwen (76 NHL games), Jonah Gadjovich, Olli Juolevi, Kole Lind We can see the Burke era developed a tonne of talent, largely thanks to the great relationship with the Manitoba Moose. We can see a massive drop off in the Gillis era, where there was a strained relationship with the Chicago Wolves plus having to share with the St. Louis Blues so our players weren't being prioritized. Gillis saw this as a major issue and the Canucks purchased a farm team to have control. Given Benning has had a losing team it is shocking how few players have developed out of our farm system. Jake Virtanen is more of an example of what when wrong than right (he should have stayed much longer in the AHL) and the only real success story is Biega who was already 26 when we acquired him and was a 7th dman who we gave away for nothing. Overall there has been a lack of developing players in the AHL (aforementioned Virtanen, McCann), giving developed players a good look in the NHL (Dahlen, Gadjovich, Lind, Juolevi), or properly developing players, perhaps to bottom 6 roles (Gaunce, Jensen). The Abbotsford Canucks currently sit with a losing record, are ranked 26th out of 31 teams, and our top performing prospect is 7th in team scoring. 2 3 4 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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