The Chicago Wolves have a reputation of icing an AHL-veteran laden squad, and focusing on wins rather than developing NHL players... with MacTavish in as a Vancouver hired coach, you'd think the Canucks would get a lot of input into their lineup.
So, how has the lineup looked in the first couple of games (0-1-1)?
(Canuck prospects in bold, other Canuck contracts underlined)Bill Sweatt (22)
- Jordan Schroeder (21)
- Mark Mancari (26)
Darren Haydar (31) - Michael Davies (24) – Darren Archibald (21)Mike Duco (24)
– Kevin Doell (32) – Victor Oreskovich (25)
Tim Miller (24) – Antoine Roussel (21) – Matt Clackson (26)Sebastian Erixon (22)
– Kevin Connauton (21)Adam Polasek (20)
– Mark Matheson (27)Yann Sauve (21)
– Dustin Friesen (28)
GEddie Lack (23)Matt Climie (28)
C - Nathan Longpre (23)
F - Dean Strong (26)RW - Anton Rodin (20)C - Stefan Schneider (21)C - Prab Rai (21)LW - Steven Anthony (20)D - Taylor Ellington (22)D - Ryan Parent (24)
D - J. P. Testwuide (26)
On defence, the Canucks have to be happy that Chicago is going mostly with young Canucks prospects, however at forward only 3 prospects are cracking the 12 skaters so far. You'd think that Rodin and Anthony could at least beat out Tim Miller or Michael Davies...
So, you're not going to take away a spot from veterans Haydar, Doell, or Mancari - and Duco, Clackson, and Roussel have the agitator/fighting roles. That leaves Oreskovich, Tim Miller, and Michael Davies - Oreskovich is a big hitting winger that I could see MacTavish liking - but what about Miller and Davies?
From what I can see, Miller is a mediocre scoring winger that was undrafted from the University of Michigan, and similarly Davies was a center signed out of the University of Wisconsin after fairly mediocre scoring seasons other than his senior year where he put up 52 points in 41 games. Neither has lit up the AHL in their few pro games so far...
So, how about it Craig - will we see Rodin and Anthony in the Wolves home opener on Friday night?
Here are the non-prospects and their AHL experience:Darren Haydar
(31) GP 639 P 674Mark Mancari
(26) GP 418 P 361Kevin Doell
(32) GP 358 P 168 (Europe GP 95 P 87)Mark Matheson
(27) GP 260 P 85Matt Clackson
(26) GP 204 P 19 (PIM 574)Mike Duco
(24) GP 194 P 78 (PIM 384)Ryan Parent
(24) GP 113 P 12J.P. Testwuide
(26) GP 108 P 13Victor Oreskovich
(25) GP 74 P 27Tim Miller
(24) GP 55 P 23Michael Davies
(24) GP 49 P 20Antoine Roussel
(21) GP 42 P 8Dustin Friesen
(28) GP 28 P 5Dean Strong
(26) GP 16 P 5 (Europe GP 25 P 23)Nathan Longpre
(23) GP 8 P 1