Several notable prospects but little depth in Vancouver Canucks' system
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11-01-2012, 07:15 AM
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Sorry blaming Nonis for the current non-nhl roster depth is a bit silly. Gillis has been with the Canucks for five years and when we are talking about prospect depth we are talking about the last five years of drafting. From my perspective Gillis has not gotten the late round steals that both Nonis and Burke got. Jordan Schroeder should be in the NHL this season. He was drafted 4 years ago, did his full spell in junior and now is in his 3 year in the AHL at some point in time he needs to step up. I keep hearing "Smartest guy in hockey" about the guy but his production numbers have not been all that great. The prospect pool is shallow partly due to how great the Canucks have been. However, other teams such as Detroit and a few other still managed to get some late round steals. Only two players drafted by Gillis have made it to the nhl and one has not been traded and some people are writing of Yann Sauve. For me a weakness I see with the prospect pool is that we have drafted some good projects hoping they pan out, however we are not developing them properly and that is a problem. We are five drafts into the Gillis administration and most other teams are cutting ties with players drafted 6 years ago and not on the NHL roster. We need to let go the hate against Nonis and Burke(yet they are the ones who drafted the guy mentioned in this thread) and look at how Gillis is developing players
It takes a few seasons for most players to make the jump from junior to the NHL, unless they are lottery picks or outliers. Most go back to junior for 2 seasons until they are 20, and spend another season or two in the AHL to hone their professional game. This year's prospects to make the team would have been drafted in the class of 2008. This would be the first season that we would have seen the results of MG drafting on NHL-ready depth.
The depleted NHL-ready-prospect pool of the last few years is all on the Nonis regime, because MG's picks would not be expected to be ready to make the jump yet until this season. All of MG's first rounders have been in the #22 or later slot, except Hodgson who fetched us Kassian. Picks out of the top 10 or so are traditionally the late-bloomers, with the odd exception here or there.
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