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Canucks Prospects Monthly

An in-depth look at Vancouver's prospect depth

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks Freelance Writer

The Utica Comets were on fire in January, while Adam Gaudette continues to shine in the NCAA. Catch up on all the action from Canucks prospects during the month of January.

…The Utica Comets had a successful month with a 7-2-3 record, which included a six-game winning streak. The Comets now sit at 18-17-6 on the season and are currently one point up on Toronto for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division, while only trailing St. John's by two points (with one game in-hand) for third.

Alex Grenier produced at a point-per-game pace during January, adding 12 points (6-6-12) in 12 outings. His performance this season, which has seen him produce 35 points (14-21-35) in 41 games, earned him a late addition to the AHL All-Star Classic.

Jordan Subban scored twice and added an assist in seven games during the month. His 10 goals on the season have him fifth among AHL defencemen. Subban also was invited to the AHL All-Star Classic, where he competed in the Hardest Shot competition, registering a 94.0 MPH slap shot.

…Grenier and Subban, along with St. John's Chris Terry, competed in the Pass and Score competition. Groups of three get three, 3-on-0 breakaways. Subban and Terry were the only trio to go three-for-three.

Jake Virtanen appeared in all 12 games for the Comets in January, picking up a goal and assist, while also registering 33 shots on goal.

Evan McEneny seems to have found some of that offence he displayed during his time in the OHL. The 6-foot-3 defenceman tallied eight points (4-4-8) in 12 games, including seven points (4-3-7) in his final seven games of the month.

…After undergoing wrist surgery, Brock Boeser returned to action on January 6 and went on to net six points (4-2-6) in his first three games back. However, the Canucks' 2015 first-rounder finished the month off with five straight games without a point, the longest drought of his NCAA career.

Adam Gaudette remains red-hot with 13 points (5-8-13) in eight games during January. He has registered 13 multi-point games in 25 games this season and currently sits at 39 points (15-24-39). Gaudette is yet to go two consecutive games without a point. He sits seventh in NCAA scoring and leads all sophomore skaters.

…It was a busy month for Jakob Stukel and the Calgary Hitmen, who played a staggering 15 games in 29 days. Stukel posted his best month of the season with 18 points (5-13-18), bringing his season total to 38 points (16-22-38) in 47 games.

Tate Olson scored three times and added two helpers in 11 games with the Prince George Cougars. The Cougars sit first in the WHL's Western Conference and have loaded up to make a run at a championship.

…Heading east to the OHL, Olli Juolevi turned in a decent month with the London Knights, netting two goals and 10 assists in 11 games. The Knights are tied for the most points in the OHL at the moment and look to make another run at a championship.

Brett McKenzie tallied 10 points (4-6-10) in 11 games in January, including four goals in his last five games. The 6-foot-1 forward leads the North Bay Battalion with 49 points (22-27-49) in 46 games.

…The Charlottetown Islanders have become the Canucks' team of the QMJHL as they added defenceman Carl Neill to the mix that already includes fellow blue-liner Guillaume Brisebois.

…Neill scored six points (1-5-6) in 11 games since being traded, which has him third in QMJHL scoring among defencemen with 52 points (11-41-52) in 47 games.

…Brisebois also finished the month with six points (2-4-6). He is up to 24 points (5-19-24) in 41 games. Charlottetown is currently fourth in the QMJHL with a 30-15-3 record, just four points back of the top spot.

Dmitry Zhukenov picked up two goals and nine assists in 13 games last month with Chicoutimi. He now has 44 points (14-30-44) in 45 games this season.

…After a smoking hot December that saw him net 12 points (5-7-12) in seven games, Rodrigo Abols cooled off just a wee bit in January with nine points (2-7-9) in 10 games. Since joining Acadie-Bathurst earlier in the season, Abols has produced 33 points (12-21-33) in 32 games.

What's on in February?

Jacob Stukel and the Calgary Hitmen will be front and centre this month on Sportsnet as the Hitmen will be featured on February 3rd in Langley against the Giants and February 12 in Edmonton against the Oil Kings.

…Fans with Shaw TV can also catch Stukel on February 10 as the Hitmen host the Medicine Hat Tigers.

…Make February 10 a Canucks prospect double-header as Olli Juolevi and the Knights will be featured on Sportsnet against the Kitchener Rangers.

…On February 6, you can catch Adam Gaudette in the Beanpot Tournament semifinal against Boston College on TSN2. A win, and they will advance to the final on February 13, also on TSN2.

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