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03-20-2009, 01:53 PM
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Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent forward Eric Walsky of Colorado College. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Walsky, 24, spent 2008.09 with Colorado College of the NCAA. In 38 games, Walsky finished second in team scoring with 36 points (12-24-36).

“Eric is a mature, skilled forward with tremendous skating and puck-handling abilities,” said Mike Gillis. “We look forward to having him joining our organization and beginning his development in professional hockey.”

The Anchorage, Alaska, native played 41 games in 2007.08, collecting 20 points (12-8-20) to help Colorado College finish first in the WCHA and become MacNaughton Cup team champions.

Prior to joining Colorado College, the 5’11” forward played in 51 games with the University of Alaska-Anchorage, posting 22 points (6-16-22).
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03-20-2009, 01:53 PM
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McKeen's Top 10 Free-agent NCAA players (thanks to X-Sharkie for the list).

1 Tyler Bozak C 6-0/180 Denver
2 Matt Gilroy D 6-2/195 Boston University
3 John Mitchell LW 6-5/200 Wisconsin
4 Christian Hanson C 6-3/202 Notre Dame
5 Sean Backman C 5-9/170 Yale
6 Zach Miskovic D 6-1/185 St. Lawrence
7 Cam MacIntyre RW 6-1/220 Princeton
8 Eric Walsky RW 5-11/194 Colorado College
9 Brad Thiessen G 6-0/180 Northeastern
10 Brian Kilburg D 6-3/215 Minnesota State
Thanks for the list, at least it gives a bit of perspective. Hopefully another signing or two is on the way.

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03-20-2009, 02:10 PM
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a risk worth taking imo.if it turns out and he even plays a few games in the nhl it is a great signing.if he adds depth to the moose and makes that team harder to make then great as well.

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03-20-2009, 02:16 PM
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so, do we have to give Stan Smyl credit for this??

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03-20-2009, 02:21 PM
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Another article on Walsky on why he left UAA and joined Colorado College:

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Walsky, 21, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, said he will transfer because he believes UAA coach Dave Shyiak's system is too conservative and won't allow him to flourish. Walsky said he didn't harbor any animosity toward Shyiak. They just disagreed philosophically, he said.

"Simply, I don't feel I'll develop into the player I deserve to be,'' Walsky said. "I don't have the opportunity to do that here. I butted heads with the coach a little bit, and I didn't see that changing.

"I take this decision very seriously. I take my hockey very seriously, and I want to have a career.''

Shyiak said he gave Walsky his best wishes the last time they talked.

"I told him, 'I wish you the best of luck. You have a future in the game,' '' Shyiak said.
http://dwb.adn.com/sports/story/7957536p-7851042c.html

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03-20-2009, 02:24 PM
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I wonder if we could nab Bozak as he's a BC boy? Probably would love to be part of the org.

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03-20-2009, 02:24 PM
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Wasn't Bozak born in Saskatchewan?

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Wasn't Bozak born in Saskatchewan?
Yes, he's from Regina.

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so, do we have to give Stan Smyl credit for this??
Stan Smyl was removed from his post as director of collegiate scouting in like Novermber. So, no.

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Wasn't Bozak born in Saskatchewan?
he played 3 years in Victoria in the BCHL... that's probably why people think he's from BC.

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Stan Smyl was removed from his post as director of collegiate scouting in like Novermber. So, no.
Well he's senior advisor to the GM now so maybe he advised him to sign him?


Sigh I always feel bad about making fun of Stan Smyl

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03-20-2009, 02:47 PM
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I've always liked our NCAA scouting (Kesler and Bieksa), so let's hope this move works out.

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I've always liked our NCAA scouting (Kesler and Bieksa), so let's hope this move works out.
Add Schneider to that list. Umberger was also an NCAA pick, as was the immortal Mike Brown.

EDIT: Schneider was a HS pick, but was headed to the NCAA, same as White. :p But still! American scouting has been decent for us.

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I've always liked our NCAA scouting (Kesler and Bieksa), so let's hope this move works out.
Don't forget Schneider, Umberger and White

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03-20-2009, 03:05 PM
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I hope Gillis picks up another college player or so.

Because the farm is so weak right now, they don't have to worry about reaching their contract limit.

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I hope Gillis picks up another college player or so.

Because the farm is so weak right now, they don't have to worry about reaching their contract limit.
aren't both our farm teams real contenders in their respective league? sheesh, imagine if our farm system wasn't so weak......then our farm teams might actually win a few games.

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Add Schneider to that list. Umberger was also an NCAA pick, as was the immortal Mike Brown.

EDIT: Schneider was a HS pick, but was headed to the NCAA, same as White. :p But still! American scouting has been decent for us.

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Gives me some hope for Patrick White.

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aren't both our farm teams real contenders in their respective league? sheesh, imagine if our farm system wasn't so weak......then our farm teams might actually win a few games.
The farm system is weak because there aren't many prospects on it. Other than Grabner (and maybe McIver/Bolduc if you want to count low impact guys) there aren't any prospects that are significant contributors on the Moose. The rest of the quality players are AHL vets.

EDIT: Duh, forgot Schneider too.

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The farm system is weak because there aren't many prospects on it. Other than Grabner (and maybe McIver/Bolduc if you want to count low impact guys) are significant contributors on that team. The rest of the quality players are AHL vets.
ditto

i dont see how this can hurt our team so why not take a chance

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aren't both our farm teams real contenders in their respective league? sheesh, imagine if our farm system wasn't so weak......then our farm teams might actually win a few games.
Our minor league system is strong in the sense of having players who can compete in the ECHL or AHL, but weak in terms of potential NHL talent.

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k cool another prospect
more more more! sign more!

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Great move to try and sign some college free agents, this is a scouting/player development avenue that has been sorely lacking within the Canucks organization. The Ducks are one team that has had great success finding players from the NCAA, why not take a chance on some of these guys. If nothing else, the Ducks have shown they don't need to overpay for 3rd/4th line guys because they seem to have a constant conveyor belt of solid pro players who can play those minutes. The college guys are older, stronger and more mature and able to deal with the pro game much quicker than most junior prospects. I hope there are more signings on the way.

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There's been a lot of NCAA prospects signing with teams now that their season is ending. I'm hoping Gillis signs a few more. It worked well for Burke in Anaheim (McDonald, Penner, Shannon, and Glencross).

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