Insider Report: Plans for three Canucks prospects leaked

Bad news, Canucks fans… the cavalry ain’t comin’…

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According to several reports from Vancouver Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, Canucks general manager Jim Benning has some big plans for this upcoming offseason for a trio of Canucks prospects.

No, this isn’t about top prospects Elias Pettersson and Jonathan Dahlen, both of whom are absolutely TEARING up the Swedish Elite League this season, rather Dhaliwal uncovered Benning’s plans for prospects Will Lockwood, Cole Candella and Jakob Stukel.

Up first, it looks like Stukel’s time in the Canucks system is coming to an end:

The Surrey, BC native has 37 goals and 64 points in 71 games with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen this season, but seeing as how he’s 21 years old playing mostly against 18 and 19 year-olds, his points total is likely a bit inflated. 

While the former 6th round pick (154th overall) may not have a future with the Canucks, his agent is hopeful that he can generate interest from another NHL team this upcoming offseason.

Up next, Sudbury Wolves defenceman Cole Candella:

 The smooth skating blue liner has five goals and 33 points in 68 games with the Wolves this year and has likely earned himself a spot with the AHL’s Utica Comets for the 2018-19 season. Welcome to the big leagues, Cole!

Finally, University of Michigan winger Will Lockwood:

Smart move. Lockwood, a former 3rd round pick (64th overall) of the team in 2016, is just 19 years old and has been limited to just 16 games with Michigan this season. He should come back strong next season and put up big numbers in his junior season.

According to a report from Seattle based QFOX13 News, the name of the NHL’s 32nd franchise may already be decided.

While making a public statement about a proposed high-speed rail system between Seattle and Vancouver, Washington State governor Jay Inslee briefly mentioned the Seattle expansion bid and talked up the potential rivalry between the two West Coast cities. That’s when he dropped an absolutely BOMB on hockey fans… he revealed the team name.

Check it out:

"We cannot wait to get on a high-speed rail line to come up and have the greatest hockey rivalry in North American which is the Seattle Totems versus the Vancouver Canucks,” Inslee said at the press conference.

The Seattle Totems. Has a nice ring to it, no? It’s certainly very “West Coast” and does have a strong tradition behind it. The original Seattle Totems operated from 1944 to 1975 in the old Western Hockey League, a professional league back then which pre-dates the current WHL junior hockey league. The Totems won three WHL championships and were slated to become one of the NHL’s newest expansion franchises for the 1976-77 season, however their expansion bid was pulled due to financial concerns. Now over 40 years later, the Totems may finally get their day in the NHL.

While we cannot confirm officially that Totems will be the name of the franchise if granted approval by the NHL’s board of governors, we can confirm that it’s one of the 13 registered names by the Seattle group’s management team. 

The complete list:

  • Seattle Cougars
  • Seattle Eagles
  • Seattle Emeralds
  • Seattle Evergreens
  • Seattle Firebirds
  • Seattle Kraken
  • Seattle Rainiers
  • Seattle Renegades
  • Seattle Sea Lions
  • Seattle Seals
  • Seattle Sockeyes
  • Seattle Totems
  • Seattle Whales

Given these choices, we’re partial to Totems. Mostly due to its history, but it’s also reflective of the cultural and identity of the Pacific Northwest. Which is your favorite?