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S13-Who's the Fairest Rookie of them all? [WB9]

2019-10-27

The Canucks have a couple young players that are turning heads around the organization and the league. The team did not have many young forwards or draft picks in the first couple years after GM Schroor 2.0 took over. The team at the moment only has one true rookie in the VHL. Andy Hilbert. There isn’t much exciting about Hilbert except his low salary. He does have 5 points on the season and spends a lot of time on the PK. There is one player that was drafted much higher than Hilbert that has been impressive this season.

Brad Boyes has been more than I bargained for this season. It does help that he is playing on a line with the top player in the AHL. Brad Boyes was very slow in the preseason, but when the AHL regular season started he shot out of the gates. Boyes was on pace for the best season ever by a drafted rookie in the AHL. Him and McDonald both cooled as the season wrapped up and he handed that distinction to Marian Gaborik. He did put up the third best points, goals and plus/minus in Lock Monster history. He has a completely balanced game and could very well see himself in a VHL lineup during the playoffs if the need arises.

You can’t say too much about Brad Boyes without talking about Andy MacDonald. The midseason addition last season for John Madden had a stellar season. I won’t speak too much about it, but highest point total ever by an AHL player. He didn’t blow it away the way that I thought he would, but is on top. He probably is the biggest reason for the amazing season by the young Boyes, but the two played off of each other very well. I sure hope that after Mac makes the jump and it is the Boyes and Hemsky show; that it will be as good as this season.

There is one player that had his first full season in the VHL that I believe should have a special mention. Having played a previous 46 games in the VHL on call-up duties, Rob Scuderi had an amazing season for the Canucks. He was one of two players that scored 30 goals this season for the Canucks, the other being Theo Fleury. He also finished 6th in team scoring, not overly impressive but considering that is at 72 points and the guys in front of him are named Fleury, Turgeon, Jonsson, Prospal, and Jovonovski. He has played heavy minutes on both powerplay and penalty kill. He has an amazing amount of skill for a young 25 year old.

The team has a bright young core. They have a good young group of forwards and most of the forward group having at least 4 more years. The core of the defense is 30 and younger, will a couple good guys developing in the A. Suchy and Neckar could very easily fill a 3rd pairing spot next season. At this point Vesa Toskala is still very young and has the skills to be an elite goalie in the league for a while. He has been pretty great this season and should be in Vezina considerations for years to come.

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