The Vancouver Canucks organization used the 2012 draft to augment their forward talent levels. Already well-stocked on the back end and between the pipes, forwards with grit and size were added to help balance out the positional depth. With that said, many of the interesting stories shaping up for this season come from players that have already spent time in the team's developmental system.
Top Pro Prospect
Zack Kassian, RW, Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Regardless of whether he is to ply his trade with the Canucks this season or their AHL affiliate, Zack Kassian is the club's top pro prospect. At 6’3”, 214 pounds, he gives the Canucks size and power, characteristics that have been in short supply in the organization. Due to the lockout, the team assigned him to Chicago to continue his development. He should play significant minutes for the Wolves and will look to fine-tune all aspects of his game with a focus on improving his consistency.