So much for the start of a golden youth movement on the Vancouver Canucks who were suddenly supposed to be the land of opportunity for talented prospects under the patient and nurturing reign of new head coach John Tortorella. Hunter Shinkaruk Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce have all been returned to their junior teams and Nicklas Jensen and Frankie Corrado are back in the American Hockey League. Turns out Tortorella’s values aren’t so unlike previous coach Alain Vigneault’s: he has a good team that needs to win now. There are legitimate ice time considerations for prospects especially teenagers such as Shinkaruk Horvat and Gaunce whose development isn’t aided by playing only a handful of minutes per night. But if Tortorella thought these players made the Canucks better now they’d still be in Vancouver. Instead they were beaten to roster spots by modest free agent Mike Santorelli Monday waiver pickup Ryan Stanton and Sunday trade acquisition Zac Dalpe. None of the Canucks’ best five prospects among skaters made the team. And although Dalpe 23 and Stanton 24 may yet represent the leading edge of a youth movement the golden era for young players in Vancouver will have to wait until those shiny players are better or the team is worse.
Canucks' youth movement put on hold
Vancouver Sun | Oct 1