black ace wrote:Since Winnipeg got an NHL team back the team's AHL afiliate has been a mess. In the last few games of the AHL year iirc we had 10 players that were Canuck property in the line-up. Gillis has given lip service to player development then he has us in this crap situation where the Wolves arent helping to develop our players.
So how is that Gillis' fault? We had a great affiliation with Winnipeg and I'm sure that Canucks would have been happy to continue that.
Gillis is correct about Chicago, that franchise's priority is to win and put butts in the seats. Not develop players for the Canucks. It was always going to be a temporary solution, they were the only AHL team without an affiliation when Winnipeg folded. It was them or have our prospects on several different teams throughout the AHL.
black ace wrote:The fucking cupboard is incredibly bare. Of the players who played after the lockout who other than Schroeder has even a
50/50 chance of playing in the NHL ? Probably Lack (who was injured most of the season) and who else ? Brad Hunt ? Bill Sweat ?
Schroeder, Corrado, Gaunce, Archibald, Lain, Mallet. Lack maybe outside shots at Blomstrand, Labate, Rodin, Hutton, McEneny, McNally, Price, Tommernes
The biggest problem we have is the gap in player ages. We're missing impact players in the 24-25 age group, we really only have Weise and Sestito in that group. Not exactly players to build to team around.
If Gillis can make some moves this offseason to fill that gap he will be doing quite well.
But again how is the Peoria situation Gillis' fault exactly?
I'm sure they have something planned but do not want to release any info until it is finalized. Heel they have already stated, while it may not be the best situation, they may operate their AHL affiliate out of Rogers Arena for a year if need be!