The Vancouver Canucks have noticed a extremely healthier amount of accidents this season (pun meant) and they’ve relied closely on assistance from their Utica Comets — the team has known as up a handful of players to fill voids and for the most section, they’ve truly created a statement and presented a circumstance for them sticking around for the future.
In the midst of a rebuild, the Canucks are generally searching to add additional youth and skill to their roster. Fortunately for them, their AHL affiliate Comets is riddled with younger talent who are extremely, extremely eager to seize their possibility and display why they are NHL-prepared.
The Canucks Connect with-Ups
As previously talked about, the Canucks have known as up a handful of fellas but only a choose couple have been ready to display why they really should stay.
Reid Boucher has quietly climbed his way up to a position the place he’s regarded as one particular of the prime forwards in the AHL — lately even though, he’s been participating in in the huge leagues and accomplishing quite nicely.
Boucher is coming off of a two-purpose video game in the smashing of the Dallas Stars on Feb. 11 and was arguably the Canucks greatest forward in the video game. He skated tough, played a seem positional video game of hockey and created speedy selections with the puck — his skating has generally been on the weaker aspect at the expert stage, but his positioning does preserve him a honest bit.
Reid Boucher (Bob Frid-United states of america Now Athletics)
The huge question, when it arrives to Boucher is, can his stellar AHL video game translate at an NHL stage? He at the moment has 22 ambitions and 19 assists in 38 video games for the Utica Comets, but that is a much slower pace of hockey. Observing him participate in his six video games with the Canucks this season, his skating has unquestionably been a phase driving and so has his conditioning.
With all of the younger talent in the program, Boucher has a tough fight forward of him when it arrives to cracking the Canucks’ lineup — simple and merely, he wants to pepper the rating sheet. If he is not able to do so, he just will not make it at the NHL stage. Which is the harsh reality. If he stays on monitor, even though, he could be a rather solid secondary-scoring, third-line asset.
The coming offseason will be a huge one particular when it arrives to his future with the Canucks and if I could go some advice to Boucher, I’d advise working on his skating, agility and conditioning more than the Summertime.
Alex Biega has been in the Canucks’ program given that 2013, and at 29-a long time of age, his window of possibility is shrinking. He’s battled for a roster location for a long time and has only played in 121 NHL video games but he’s under no circumstances presented up. He’s a marvelous skater with terrific hockey perception but earlier mentioned all else, his do the job-ethic is a coaches desire.
All the things Biega does on the ice, he does at complete velocity and with tenacity — some thing I just can’t say about all of the Canucks’ defenders. Biega gets the minimum amount of ice-time out of the Canucks’ d-males and has played the fewest video games, but somehow, he’s fourth on the team in hits (87) and obtaining his job-greatest season with six details.
Alex Biega (Brad Rempel-United states of america Now Athletics)
Biega battles tougher than most players on the ice and you know specifically what you are obtaining with a participant like him — tough-working, tenacious, uncomplicated hockey. He reminds me a good deal of the Nashville Predators’ Ryan Ellis, minus the offensive generation.
Gaunce commences just about all of his shifts in the defensive conclusion — in simple fact, he commences specifically 85.8% of them there. Regardless of his very little-to-no time in the offensive zone, Gaunce is continue to obtaining his greatest offensive season with five details in 34 video games. Regretably, he was just sidelined with a foot personal injury so these studies won’t be climbing for quite some time.
His defensive video game is solid, but his offensive video game is not to be neglected about — all through his time in the OHL, Gaunce was a position-for each-video game (or superior) in all but his rookie season. There is unquestionably some skill there and I’m certain, as he develops and grows, additional and additional of that aspect of his video game will commence to surface area.
There is no doubt about it, Gaunce is a base-six participant and he’ll be there for his job. Regardless of becoming a initially round variety, he just does not have the abilities to land a prime-six position in the NHL. I think he has the probable to force into a third-line location — he’d truly require to start out lights it up if he desires to rise any greater than that with the Canucks.
Next Derek Dorsett’s regrettable, early retirement, the Canucks have had a huge hole in their video game — physicality and toughness. Enter Darren Archibald.
At 6-foot-3 and 210 lbs, Archibald is not a little buyer and he’s no stranger to the actual physical aspect of hockey. The huge male has been in the Canucks’ program given that 2013 and has noticed extremely confined NHL time — only 18 video games to be correct. No matter of his confined opportunities, Archibald has continue to managed to stay pertinent with a fantastic offensive output and a beast-like design of participate in. At 28, that’s less complicated mentioned than performed.
Significantly like Gaunce, Archibald is familiar with his position — bang bodies, crash the internet and stir the pot. In his two video games this season, Archibald has currently recorded an help and even stepped in the ring for a fight in a contest versus the Carolina Hurricanes. The shift of the fight (view below) was specifically what is becoming questioned of Archibald — he founded a tough forecheck, went tough to the internet and then gained a fight when his squad essential a spark.
He’s a textbook fourth line participant and in an era the place goons are no longer pertinent, Archibald possesses the techniques vital to be fascinating in the NHL. I have no doubt in my brain that he will be on the Canucks fourth line for the future.