Photos: Top 10 Canucks prospects

 

Sun reporter Elliott Pap's early look at 10 players attending the team’s prospects training camp in Penticton and their chances of appearing in a Vancouver jersey at some point during the 2013-14 NHL season.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">1 Frank Corrado, 20, D. The 2011 fifth-round pick is already ahead of the curve, having played seven games for the big club last season, including four in the playoffs. He&#8217;s a Chris Tanev-type &#8212; calm under pressure and makes a good first pass. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 90 per cent.</div>
 

1 Frank Corrado, 20, D. The 2011 fifth-round pick is already ahead of the curve, having played seven games for the big club last season, including four in the playoffs. He’s a Chris Tanev-type — calm under pressure and makes a good first pass. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 90 per cent.

Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG

 
<div id="page1">1 Frank Corrado, 20, D. The 2011 fifth-round pick is already ahead of the curve, having played seven games for the big club last season, including four in the playoffs. He&#8217;s a Chris Tanev-type &#8212; calm under pressure and makes a good first pass. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 90 per cent.</div>
2 Niklas Jensen, 20, LW-RW. After playing against men in the Swedish Elite League last season, the 2011 first-rounder carried that into his first prospects game Thursday in Penticton and was a standout, both lugging the puck and shooting the puck. Might not start season with big club but should be high on call-up list. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 85 per cent.
3 Joacim Eriksson, 23, G. The southpaw netminder won a Swedish Elite League title last season and brought that form into his first prospects game, shaking off an early bad goal to finish with 38 saves. Will likely start on the farm in Utica but if Eddie Lack falters, could wind up as Roberto Luongo&#8217;s backup for a spell. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 75 per cent. (Chance of starting a game: 10 per cent.)
4 Bo Horvat, 18, C. At 206 pounds, Horvat has the size to play now. He also has the skating ability and the offensive instincts. Play without the puck and faceoff prowess might be an issue at the NHL level. Pre-season will determine where he starts, either with the big club or back in junior with the London Knights (OHL). Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 50 per cent.
5 Brendan Gaunce, 19, C. Could be the next Manny Malhotra, but will have to improve his foot speed and faceoff work. Good size at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds but still at junior age so it&#8217;s either the big club or back to the Belleville Bulls (OHL). World junior coach Brent Sutter doesn&#8217;t think this 2012 first-rounder is ready for prime time and Gaunce&#8217;s first prospects game Thursday wasn&#8217;t stellar. He&#8217;ll get a better look in pre-season and, presumably, skate with better players. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 25 per cent.
6 Hunter Shinkaruk, 18, LW. A dynamic skater and offensive player, his age and the Canucks&#8217; depth chart conspire against him. Not afraid to take chances in the offensive zone &#8212; tried a between the legs goalmouth pass Thursday &#8212; and excellent on forecheck. Was impressive in first prospects outing. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: 10 per cent.
7 Peter Andersson, 22, D. A fifth-round pick in 2009, Andersson finally came over from Sweden last season and appeared in 42 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves. He&#8217;s a steady, reliable blue-liner who moves the puck well. Might need a rash of injuries to get sniff with big club. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: two per cent.
8 Henrik Tommernes, 23, D. New to the North American game, the Swede has two-plus seasons of Swedish Elite League experience. Was a little helter-skelter in first prospects game on Thursday, once doing a 360 in front of his net while looking for an outlet pass. Like Andersson, Tommernes will need a ton of injuries to get the call. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: one per cent.
9 Jordan Subban, 18, D. He doesn&#8217;t have the build of big brother P.K. but he does have some of the skill. Jordan moves the puck, seems very at home on the point on the power play and can give a hit as well as take one. Not ready for prime time, though, and will almost certainly be sent back to junior. Chance of being in a Canuck jersey this season: zero per cent.
10 Cole Cassels, 18, C. Tall and slim like dad Andrew, Cole is a 200-foot player with good awareness in all zones and good poise with the puck. At a listed six feet and 178 pounds, he&#8217;ll need to get a bit stronger before he&#8217;s ready to challenge for an NHL spot. A return to junior beckons. Chance of being in a Canucks jersey this season: zero per cent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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