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2011 Young Stars: Vancouver

Thursday, 08.09.2011 / 2:52 PM / Team
By Derek Jory
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2011 Young Stars: Vancouver

A crop of newcomers look to impress for Vancouver.

The Vancouver Canucks were the only team to play four games at the inaugural Young Stars Tournament in 2010 and they had an up and down showing. Following a 4-1 loss to the Oilers in the opener, the Canucks gnawed the Sharks 5-3 and then took it on the chin two days later 4-2 by the Ducks. The tournament ended with a bang with Brad Smith scoring the game-winner late in the third in a 5-4 comeback victory over the Flames.

Last year it was Pierre-Olivier Morin picking up a team-high three points (2-1-3); he was one of three Canucks with two goals, while the team as a whole finished with 13 goals for and 15 against.

It was a tale of two goalies for Vancouver as Eddie Lack posted a brilliant 2-0 record in 151:15 played with a tournament best 92 saves and the second highest save percentage at .920. Michael Houser was in the net for Vancouver’s pair of losses giving up eight goals. Both performances were surprising and more surprises are in store for the Canucks between the pipes this year.

David Honzik, Brendan Jensen and Karel St. Laurent will split goaltending duties; Honzik, Vancouver’s third round pick in 2011, figures to get the bulk of the action.

Overall the Canucks are returning only 11 of 27 skaters (four defencemen and seven forwards), so while there will be consistency from the likes of Kevin Connauton, Yann Sauve, Steven Anthony, Kellan Tochkin and Jordan Schroeder, 16 newcomers will be fighting to make a name for themselves during another tournament-high four games in 2011.

You want to be in Penticton to check out the Canucks, but: A – you don't want to lose the parking spot in front of your house, B – your psychic warned you about going out, C – the XFL is holding open tryouts or D – you're locked into a Three's Company marathon on Deja View; well don’t sweat it. Again. Like last year, Canucks.com has your back.

All eight games of the Young Stars Tournament will be available live on Canucks.com beginning September 11th. Full details on the Young Stars Tournament can be found at canucks.com/youngstars.

Nicklas Jensen

F - Drafted 1st round, 29th overall, in 2011 – With the 29th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks selected the 18-year-old forward making him the second Danish-born player drafted by Vancouver and the third highest drafted Dane in league history. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound forward, Central Scouting's 21st ranked North American skater, spent the 2010-11 season with the Oshawa Generals, collecting 58 points (29-29-58) points in 61 games to finish fifth in rookie scoring.

Darren Archibald

F - Signed as free agent in 2010 – The Niagara IceDogs forward went through two NHL drafts and spent time at camps with Detroit and Columbus, but it was the Canucks who took a chance on the 6-foot-3, 209-pound defenceman signing him last December. In 186 career OHL games between the Barries Colts and IceDogs, the 21-year-old had 175 points (92-82-174) and 148 penalty minutes.

Frankie Corrado

D - Drafted 5th round, 150th overall, in 2011 – The Toronto-born defencemen, who stands at 6-feet and tips the scale at 190-pounds, was overlooked by NHL Central Scouting on its preliminary and mid-term rankings last season, but a solid second half with the Sudbury Wolves, in which he collected four goals and 26 assists in 67 games, had Corrado finish the year at 155th. He was picked in the 5th round, 150th overall, by Vancouver.

Polasek

Adam Polasek

D - Drafted 5th round, 145th overall, in 2010 – At 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds, this native of Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, is one of Vancouver’s more intimidating blueliners. His offensive skills make him intimidating at both ends of the ice. Last season the 19-year-old was second in team scoring by defencemen for the QMHJL’s PEI Rocket with 39 points (7-32-39), a year prior he was tops of the group with 41 points (13-28-41) earning him a spot on the QMJHL and CHL All-Rookie Team.


Honzik

David Honzik

G - Drafted 3rd round, 71st overall, in 2011 – One season with the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigers was enough for onlookers to draw comparisons between for the 6-foot-2, 209-pound product of Tabor, Czech Republic, who was the 71st player selected during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and a young Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. It’s too early to tell if the 18-year-old can hold his own like Rinne, but he was a standout at Canucks Prosects Camp in July.

 

Author: Derek Jory | Canucks.com

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 49 17 23 10 40
B. Little 49 18 20 10 38
B. Wheeler 49 13 23 11 36
D. Byfuglien 49 12 20 9 32
M. Perreault 46 15 14 2 29
M. Frolik 49 10 16 6 26
M. Scheifele 49 7 19 4 26
E. Kane 34 10 12 6 22
A. Lowry 48 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 33 5 9 5 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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