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Wake With Elias: Jack Rathbone & Vasily Podkolzin are making noise

The Canucks two best prospects are having one hell of a week.

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Jack Rathbone, 95th overall pick of the Vancouver Canucks, poses for a portrait during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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It’s been just three games, but Jack Rathbone’s professional hockey career is off to a blazing start.

He stepped into his first AHL game on Friday, February 26th, and posted three assists in a 7-2 Comets win.

Rathbone followed that up the next night with another assist in the Comets win against the Syracuse Crunch. Then, last night against the Rochester Americans, Rathbone, notched his first career AHL goal with an absolute howitzer.

It wasn’t all that surprising that Rathbone didn’t play games while he was on the Canucks taxi squad, but his standout AHL performance does make you wonder...should he have played NHL games?

It really doesn’t matter with how bad the Canucks have been this season. Rathbone will play games — and a lot of them — for the Canucks in the near, near future.

That’s another reason why it’s time for Travis Green to actually test Olli Juolevi with heavier, harder minutes for the rest of the season. Fans (and possibly management) view the future of the Canucks left defence being Quinn Hughes, Jack Rathbone and Olli Juolevi.

It’s highly conceivable that Rathbone is in the NHL next year. Can the Canucks afford to roll with a defence that green?

  • For the full recap of the Comets’ last game, check out Cody Severtson’s work. [Comets Harvest]
  • Rathbone isn’t the only Canucks prospect making some noise of late.

That’s Vasily Podkolzin scoring the game-winner for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL playoffs on Tuesday. Podkolzin and St. Petersberg play again today in the second game of their Conference Quarterfinals against Dinamo Minsk, leading the series 1-0.

As Daniel Wagner mentions, the longer SKA’s playoff run is, the less likely it is we see Podkolzin play games for the Canucks this season. [Vancouver is Awesome]

  • Ben Kuzma talked to Travis Green and Adam Gaudette. Both the player and coach seem confident in his game of late. [The Province]
  • Are Vancouver and Buffalo the most cursed franchises in hockey? Kyle Bhawan and I get into that, talk about other teams who have shit the bed, and name 20 Atlanta Thrashers on the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy. [Nucks Misconduct Podcasts]
  • Elsewhere from around the NHL, the Maple Leafs defensive game was on point against the Edmonton Oilers last night. Can the Canucks catch them sleeping on the second night of back-to-backs, or is more embarrassment in store for this team?
  • Finally, the slow vaccine rollout in Canada could impact the NHL’s bottom line next season. This comes on the backs of the announcement that 17 teams (all American, of course) will be allowing fans to return in some capacity this month. [TSN]