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Markstrom clears waivers, Canucks cut 11


Goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who was a part of the Roberto Luongo trade, cleared waivers Saturday.

Markstrom, 24, who appeared in four games for the Canucks last season following the trade, will now likely report to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

Four teams were reportedly interested in the Swede’s services, but he was not claimed prior to the noon eastern time deadline.

Following the Canucks 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames Friday night, general manager Jim Benning announced the team had reduced its’ roster by 11.

First rounders Brendan Gaunce (2012) has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets while Jake Virtanen (2014) was returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

Vancouver also sent defenesmen Henrik Tommernes, Kent Huskins, John Negrin and Kane Lafranchise to Utica. Additionally, forwards Ronalds Kenins, Alex Friesen and goaltender Joe Cannata are headed to the Comets.

Forwards JT Wyman and Carter Bancks were released from their camp tryouts with the Canucks and will attend Utica Comets camp.

Update: According to Renaud Lavoie, the Canucks placed six players on waivers Saturday.

Vancouver first-rounder Gaunce separates shoulder

Brendan Gaunce

For the second straight day, an NHL club saw one of its prized prospects go down to a shoulder injury.

That’s the news out of Vancouver on Tuesday as Brendan Gaunce — the Canucks’ first-round pick at the 2012 draft — suffered a separated shoulder while playing for OHL Belleville.

The injury will reportedly keep him sidelined for 3-6 weeks.

Gaunce’s shoulder separation comes roughly 24 hours after the New York Islanders learned defensive prospect Calvin de Haan would be lost for the year with a shoulder injury of his own.

De Haan was hurt over the weekend playing for AHL Bridgeport and suffered his third — and most severe — shoulder injury over the last three years.

While the news isn’t as bad for Gaunce, the ailment derails what was an otherwise solid start to the year. The Belleville captain had nine points in his first 11 games, helping the Bulls get off to a 7-3-1 start.

Canucks sign first-round pick to entry-level deal

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The Canucks took care of a little business today getting 2012 first-round pick Brendan Gaunce locked into his three-year entry-level deal.

Gaunce is a 6’2″ 205 pound centerman who had a breakout season with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL last season. He scored 28 goals and added 40 assists for the Bulls last season putting him on the map as a top prospect. The Canucks locked him up with the 26th overall pick in the draft.

Chances are most likely he’ll spend another year or two in Belleville before getting a longer look in Vancouver. Having guys like Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler at center help bottle things up a bit for younger guys, just ask Cody Hodgson.

Get to know a draft pick — Brendan Gaunce

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All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Brendan Gaunce (C)

Height: 6’2 Weight: 215 Shoots: Left

Team: Belleville Bulls (OHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 13 among North American skaters

What kind of player is he?

Want proof that the 2012 NHL Draft might be a little weird? Consult the North American skater rankings — Brendan Gaunce is the highest-ranked Canadian forward at No. 13. You have to wade through a bunch of Russian talent and strong defensemen before arriving at the big center from the Belleville Bulls.

Scouts don’t regard Gaunce as a dazzling skill player. He didn’t put up astounding numbers in the OHL, but could be enticing to mid-level teams because of his size and two-way play. For teams that gravitate toward “character guys” and intangibles, Gaunce is a solid pick. His potential likely ranks between a second or third line center.

He also has a family member in the NHL — his brother, Cameron, is a defenseman in the Colorado organization that played 11 games last season.


“He makes strong decisions with the puck on his stick, and has the ability to place the puck in the right spot of the offensive zone, be it via a pass or by skating it there. He is also one of the strongest positional players available for the draft. He is extremely effective positionally in all three zones, and shows an ability to play a smart, two way game.

“The other aspect of his skill set that impresses is his shot. He has one of the strongest shots in the draft, displaying strong accuracy and speed, but more importantly, a very quick release. He has all of the intangibles that you look for in a future leader at the next level, and looks like a player who will one day be a captain in the NHL.” — Sean Lafortune, The Prospect Blog

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Mikhail Grigorenko

Ryan Murray

Griffin Reinhart

Alex Galchenyuk

Derrick Pouliot

Malcolm Subban