“How many periods would we have to have played to score one?” he joked.
Truthfully, we may have been here all night, but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort from the Canucks as they split 18 shots between Jets goaltenders Edward Pasquale and Chris Carrozzi. The fact that Pasquale and Carrozzi thwarted every attempt should come as no surprise as the Jets allowed a frugal two goals all tournament.
Pasquale played 91:28 minutes over two games without allowing a single goal and Carrozzi gave up just a pair in 116:42 of play.
“The guys were working hard and we were a little out matched from a size perspective, especially with our forwards and that made it difficult for us to sustain much offensively,” said MacTavish.
“We played quite a bit of time in our own zone and I thought we did very well. As has been the case in this tournament the guys worked hard and battled hard and played with a lot of passion.”
The Canucks finish their second Young Stars Tournament with an identical 2-2 record as a year ago; Vancouver scored two less goals this time around with 11, while allowing 15 both years.
It’s a quick turnaround for the 20 or so players expected to give Canucks main camp their best shot as the action gets going Saturday morning.
Who exactly will report to main camp remains to be seen, but Laurence Gilman, VP of hockey operations & assistant general manager, shared his thoughts.
On who stood out for the Canucks this week…
“Nicklas Jensen has looked extremely good, very strong, very good skater, very good hands. Anton Rodin has also looked at times very good; last night was the best game that he’s played.
“Defensively, obviously Adam Polasek showed us that he’s a fairly complete defenceman and that he both has a measure of offensive ability and is a rather tough player.
“For goaltending, Karel St. Laurent came in and equated himself extremely well.
“We’ve also had some tryout players that had very good camps, Antoine Roussel has been a very good surprise and so has Nathan Longpre."
On the surprising play of Darren Archibald…
“We knew when we signed Darren that there was a lot of competition for him. He’s a very interesting blend of size, character, goal scoring ability and a measure of grit. He still has a ways to go as a prospect, his skating I think needs to improve, but he’s a tremendous competitor, extremely hardnosed and has a really strong character. He’s a leader at the level he’s at now and he should have the ability to lead at the next level too."
On the impact of Jordan Schroeder’s commitment this off-season…
“Jordan Schroeder is a very skilled player, who has worked very hard in the off-season, you could see compared to his performance last year with the Manitoba Moose, he clearly has come to camp having worked very hard in the summer. When he gets to play alongside skilled players, particularly finishers, he may show something far greater than what he’s shown this far.
“You can see on the ice that he’s got jump in his step that we didn’t see last year and he seemed to play with a lot more enthusiasm, more confidence than he did throughout the balance of the year last season."
On Kevin Connauton and Yann Sauve evolving as players…
“What Kevin Connauton does well with the puck are things that NHL teams can’t necessarily teach players in terms of his ability to take the puck up the ice and his work on the power play. And that’s the same with Yann Sauve as he performs in a two-way role. These guys, when they get to our main camp, they’re going to play with better players, they’re going to play in games that have much more structure than these games.”
-Kellan Tochkin and Ryan Harrison played alongside one-another for the first time all tournament on Thursday and they displayed some chemistry, which begs the question of what could have been. Harrison was traded to the Everett Silvertips at the WHL trade deadline last year and he could have made sweet music with Tochkin, had the forward not been shipped the other direction to Medicine Hat. Alex Theriau went to the Tigers with Tochkin; a second-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft accompanied Harrison.
-Canucks prospect Sebastian Erixon and Jets prospect Sebastian Owuya were teammates on Timra IK in 2009-10. Was everyone on the team named Sebastian? No, but there were two named Anton, two named Fredrik, two named Magnus (one was Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson) and a Peter and a Petr. Apparently good things come in pairs?
-The last time the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets faced each other in any sort of NHL action was on February 21, 1996, in Winnipeg, with Vancouver skating away with a 5-3 win. Alexander Mogilny scored twice and had three points, while Jyrki Lumme, Trevor Linden and Tim Hunter rounded out the scoring.