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Canucks Prospects Monthly

An in-depth look at Vancouver's prospect depth

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks Freelance Writer

Brock Boeser continues to dominate, while a couple of fellow prospects are also off to great starts at the NCAA level. This, that and more on the month that was for Canucks prospects.

Boeser has absolutely lit up his competition so far, scoring six goals and adding six assists in just seven games. That's a 1.71 points per-game rate. He's also registering an average of 4.28 shots per-game, which is scary considering he averaged 3.17 shots per-game last season and scored 27 times. In October alone, Boeser was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.

…Staying in the college ranks, Adam Gaudette continues to trend upward. He tallied 25 points in his final 23 games last season, and now has started off his sophomore season with 10 points (5-5-10) in seven games centering the second line for Northeastern University. Gaudette sits 13th in NCAA scoring.

…How about Will Lockwood? The 18-year-old who the Canucks drafted in the third round this past June is leading the University of Michigan in scoring as a freshman. He's tallied three goals and three assists in seven games.

…In the AHL, it hasn't been the best of starts for the Utica Comets, which are off to a 2-5-1 record through seven games. With the exception of 2014-15, the Comets have never been ones to start the season off with a bang.

Jordan Subban has been a bright spot for the Comets this season as he sits first among AHL defenceman with four goals and is second in points with nine (4-5-9) in just eight games. 

…Subban's nine points are a tie for the Comets' team lead with twenty-four year-old Michael Chaput (nine points (1-8-9) in eight games). The six-foot-two forward appeared in 58 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past three seasons.

Alexandre Grenier has registered six points (2-4-6) in eight games thus far.

…Rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko is still looking for his first win of his professional career after a 0-3-1 start. He has posted a 3.74 GAA and a .861 SV%, but hasn't had much goal support in front of him as the Comets have failed to score more than two goals in three of his four starts.

…The Canucks 2016 first-rounder, Olli Juolevi, has tallied six points (1-5-6) through nine games with the OHL's London Knights so far this season.

Brett McKenzie, the Canucks' seventh round, 194th overall, pick in June is off to a hot start in the OHL. The 19-year-old has scored 11 times and added eight assists in just 14 games with the North Bay Battalion. McKenzie was also named to the Team OHL All-Star roster that will compete against Russia in the CIBC Canada Russia Series on November 10 and 14.

…Speaking of All-Stars, the Canucks' third-round pick in 2015, Guillaume Brisebois, has been named to the Team QMJHL All-Star roster for their two-game set against Russia on November 15 and 17. The smooth-skating defenceman has posted nine points (3-6-9) in 12 games with his new team, the Charlottetown Islanders. Although only in his 19-year-old season, this is his third season as captain of a QMJHL team.

…Defenceman Carl Neill is in his over-age season with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL and is off to a great start with 13 points (2-11-13) in 12 games. The Canucks' fifth round pick in 2015 is coming off a 50-point (8-42-50) in 64-game season in 2015-16.

…After netting 57 points (15-42-57) during his first season in the QMJHL, Dmitry Zhukenov is off to another hot start with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, registering 10 points (5-5-10) through 10 games thus far.

…It has been a decent start to the season for defenceman Tate Olson and the Prince George Cougars. The Canucks' seventh round pick in 2015 has registered eight points (2-6-8) in 15 games as the Cougars have started the season 13-2-2. Olson is scoring at a 0.53 points per-game rate, down from the 0.72 he finished with last season.

…Things haven't gone as well for Jakob Stukel yet this season. After being acquired by the Calgary Hitmen last season, the Canucks' sixth round pick in 2016 scored 56 points (34-22-56) in 57 games, including 18 power-play goals. So far this season, he has netted five points (3-2-5) in nine games and has yet to find the back of the net on the man-advantage.

What's on in November?

…On November 10, Tate Olson and the Prince George Cougars will be in Langley to take on the Vancouver Giants. If you can't make it out to the game, you can watch live on Shaw TV. The Cougars will return to Langley on November 29 to take on the Giants.

...Brett McKenzie and Team OHL take on Team Russia on November 10 and 14. You can catch the games live on Sportsnet. McKenzie is scheduled to dress for both games.

Guillaume Brisebois and Team QMJHL take on Team Russia on November 15 and 17, both games will be shown live on Sportsnet. The QMJHL team will roster eight defenceman, so it's unclear if Brisebois will play one or both of the games.

…If you're a Canucks fan in Ontario, you can catch the Comets take on the Toronto Marlies on November 26 live on Leafs TV.

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