As the Canucks prepare for training camp to begin in Abbotsford starting Sept 23, they’ll be getting a look at the rookies starting tomorrow at Rogers Arena.
Obviously, all eyes will be on Vasily Podkolzin, as we get our first look at him before main camp, but there are a couple other intriguing names on this year’s roster.
Podkolzin’s fellow countryman Danila Klimovich will be here, and we’ll get a glimpse of the guy taken 41st overall in this year’s Entry Draft. Another 2021 pick to watch is Connor Lockhart. Taken 178th overall, what Lockhart gives up in size is made up for with some serious scoring ability as he’s shown in the OHL. With their season cancelled last year because of COVID-19, this should be a good kickstart to what will be his final season in junior.
Another one to watch is Jett Woo. He had some games in Utica last season, and looks to be a big part of the Abbotsford Canucks back end in their inaugural season.
Obviously there are some names missing from this list, some Euro picks and a number of NCAA players who won’t be coming this year, but Podkolzin alone would be worth the price of admission, if it were open to the general public.
And speaking of the general public, we are still awaiting on the announcement concerning vaccination status for fans attending games and the number of fans that will be permitted to enter to start the season. Another thing we are eager to know is the number of players who are vaccinated. A couple of teams announced they’re 100% vaccinated, and not gonna lie, they’re both pretty surprising.
Protecting ourselves. Protecting each other. Doing our part. pic.twitter.com/Xx1iQdtXyx— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) September 14, 2021
Between Carolina being the home of noted COVID denier Tony DeAngelo and the Flames residing in the province with one of the worst vaccination rates in Canada, this is definitely good news, and we hope to hear the same from other teams soon.