Canucks' Top 10 Prospects Midseason Update

Canucks' Top 10 Prospects Midseason Update

January 20th, 2020 We have just passed the midpoint of the 2019-20 season and the top prospects of the Vancouver Canucks have certainly turned some heads. Some have had very impressive starts to their respective seasons, while others seem to have regressed a bit from where they stood before the campaign began. So I...
Weekly Prospect Report: Bokk, Rafferty, Quinn & Foerster

Weekly Prospect Report: Bokk, Rafferty, Quinn & Foerster

January 20th, 2020 Welcome to the Weekly Prospect Report. Here, we’ll take a look at some key names over the past week that are a big part of the next wave of NHL stars. This column will dive into both NHL-affiliated and draft-eligible prospects, focusing mainly on those outside the NHL. Related: Weekly...

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January 16th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault is livid after the NHL's Department of Player Safety decided not to hand out any discipline to Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen following a controversial play Tuesday. Virtanen's elbow got up in the head of Perreault away from the puck during the first period of their game in Winnipeg. No penalty was called on the play. "Player safety, my ass," Perreault said Thursday. "This is literally an elbow to the face to a guy that didn't have the puck. I see him coming, I brace for a hit, it was a late hit. I never had the puck and he flicks his elbow to my face and they're not going to do anything about it. "Now I've got to take matters into my own hands next time this happens and I get to swing my stick across his forehead and I shouldn't get suspended then." Mathieu Perreault, Winnipeg Jets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The five-foot-10 Perreault, who suffered a concussion earlier this season after taking a hit...
January 15th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

A little under a year ago, the Vancouver Canucks and the Pittsburgh Penguins reached an agreement to swap Erik Gudbranson for Tanner Pearson in a one-for-one trade. Gudbranson's Journey Canucks fans rejoiced as Gudbranson had a rough time during his three years in Vancouver, providing little value other than looking handsome – mostly while sitting in the penalty box. He ranked dead last for Canuck defencemen in Corsi, Fenwick, goals for and scoring chances for – must I go any further? Gudbranson lasted a mere 26 games with Pittsburgh before being shipped to the abysmal Anaheim Ducks earlier this season. Erik Gudbranson, Anaheim Ducks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) The Ducks are bad - really bad. Just how bad? Well, Gudbranson is a top-four defenceman for them. However, he has been playing better hockey of late. Nonetheless, he would not have fit on a young and contending Canucks team that is already up against the cap ceiling with expiring entry-level contracts...
January 15th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG — Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets ended a six-game losing streak at home with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. It was the 18th shutout of Hellebuyck's career and gave him the franchise record for shutouts, surpassing Ondrej Pavelec. Hellebuyck earned it with some highlight saves, particularly in the third period. He even tried to shoot the puck down the ice into an empty net, but it hit a Vancouver player. Kyle Connor scored twice, one into an empty net, to give him a team-leading 24 goals for Winnipeg (25-18-4), which was 0-5-1 during its losing skid at Bell MTS Place. Jack Roslovic and Blake Wheeler also had a goal each and Patrik Laine picked up a pair of assists for the Jets, who have won their past 10 games against Vancouver. Winnipeg Jets center Jack Roslovic (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced for the Canucks (25-18-4),...
January 13th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

For the first time ever the Vancouver Canucks are sending a forward, a defenceman and a goaltender to an NHL All-Star Game. They have sent three players to it before, but never one from each position group. The last time that happened was back in 2012 when the Sedins and Alex Edler were selected for the annual showcase. This season they will be sending two of their most exciting and dynamic players in Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. Also joining them will be goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who is arguably their most valuable player this season. Hughes' selection via the Last Man In fan vote also marks the third straight year that the Canucks will be sending a rookie to the All-Star game. That's quite a feat and nearly unheard of in NHL history. That's a testament to the drafting of general manager Jim Benning and scouting director Judd Brackett. Not to mention the work ethic and skills of the players involved in the streak. He joins Brock Boeser and Pettersson in the legacy...

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Pavel Bure - A Tribute to the Russian Rocket

“Pavel Bure was – and is – the best player to ever wear a Canucks’ uniform.” — Pat Quinn, former Canucks GM (from 'Ex-GM Pat Quinn calls Pavel Bure the best Canuck ever' - Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun, 04/12/2013) The Beginning of Pavel Bure's Iconic Career Discussions involving... August 5th, 2019

A Look Back at the West Coast Express Line

This article was originally written in December, 2015. During the dead puck era in the years leading to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, the Canucks' trio of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison far from followed the pattern of declining offense in the league. The West Coast Express... July 30th, 2019