The Canucks started a five-game road trip Wednesday in San Jose; they now head to New York before facing Carolina, Boston & Minnesota to round out the trek.
The road hasn't been as good to the Canucks as the confines of Rogers Arena has been, but the team appears to be rolling and it'll be a good test for them, as they look to put some more distance between themselves and the rest of the Pacific Division.
It's also a great time to check on some of the top prospects from around the world. There are plenty of storylines to follow among the Canucks prospects over the next couple of months. So, let's dive in!
- Since our last update, top prospect Vasili Podkolzin has caught fire in the KHL. On January 21st, Podkolzin was able to register his first career KHL goal, two nights later, he followed that up with another goal, and has since registered an assist in the two games following. It's great to see that after being unable to get his name on the scoresheet in his first 17 games of the season, he's gone on a four-game point streak while seeing the most ice-time of the season in those games.
- He was named the KHL Rookie of the Week for his strong play. It's a really encouraging sign for the Russian power forward to have a strong second-half of the season.
- Artyom Manukyan returned to the Avangard lineup on January 21st for his first game of the season. He is primarily playing on their third line and has already scored two goals in the four games since his return.
- Since our last update, Nils Hoglander scored one goal in four games with Rogle. He continues to suit up in their middle-six and sees some time on their powerplay.
- The move to BIK Karlskoga has worked out well for Linus Karlsson. In four games since making the move over, Karlsson has scored two goals and five assists in four games. Recently, he has been playing on the first line as a winger and it has allowed him to use his passing and vision to create offence almost every time he hops over the boards.
- Arvid Costmar continues to tear it up at the U20 level in the SuperElit league in Sweden. In twenty-two games there, Costmar has scored eighteen goals and eighteen assists. Those thirty-six points has him tied for ninth in the league for raw point totals. He is tied for 6th in points per game.
- Toni Utunen continues to play a regular role for Tappara in Liiga play. He has three assists in twenty-one games this season.
- Petrus Palmu has scored eleven goals and seventeen assists in thirty-two games this season. He is currently 5th in scoring for JYP.
- Since our last update, Karel Plasek assisted on one goal in five games. He now has three goals and three assists in thirty games this season.
- Tyler Madden continues to produce and now has sixteen goals and fifteen assists in twenty-two games this season. He has already set a new career high in goals and points and should be able to surpass his sixteen assists from last season. At this moment, he is tied for 5th in NCAA scoring.
- Northeastern only played one game since our last update on January 16th but Aidan McDonough still found the scoresheet. The young winger continues to surprise everyone with his play this season. There was hope that he could take positive steps this season, but he has taken huge strides almost every week. He has eight goals and eleven assists in nineteen games this season.
- In the past two weeks, Lockwood dressed for two games and was able to assist on three tallies. That brings his season totals to five goals and nine assists in twenty-one games for University of Michigan this season.
- Jack Malone was unable to register a point over the past two weeks - he has one goal and four assists in five games for Cornell.
- Jack Rathbone appeared in one game over the past two weeks, where he picked up two assists, before being sidelined with an injury.
- Not much has changed for Carson Focht and that isn't a bad thing. He continues to put up points, 22-16-38 in 42 games, and remains as the fourth leading scorer on the Calgary Hitmen. Unless Calgary goes on a crazy run, they almost certainly will land in one of the wildcard spots in the Eastern Conference.
- Jett Woo is on fire right now. With the Hitmen losing number one defenceman Yegor Zamula to a season-ending injury, Woo has stepped into that spot and found his scoring touch again. Woo has points in 10 of the 12 games this month and now leads Hitmen defencemen scoring with 31 points.
- Arturs Silovs has been fantastic over the past two weeks. He was 2-0-1 in the three games that he has played in since January 16th and was named to the CHL Team of the Week for January 20-26th.
- Ethan Keppen just hasn't been able to get his feet under him this season. Playing a middle six role for the Flint Firebirds, Keppen has sixteen goals and ten assists in forty-one games.