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Canucks Virtanen Poised for Breakout Season

Canucks Virtanen Poised for Breakout Season

April 20th, 2018 When the Vancouver Canucks selected Jake Virtanen sixth overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, they had high hopes for the local, New Westminster product, to say the least. However, 'JV' has been subjected to a healthy amount of criticism through his first 140 games with an Orca on his chest — he's...
Canucks Veterans: Who'll Be Back & Who Won't?

Canucks Veterans: Who'll Be Back & Who Won't?

April 17th, 2018 The 2017-18 season for the Vancouver Canucks went, more or less, as expected — a below-average showing as the organization's rebuild kicked off. With that being said, most of the media conversations swirling around the Canucks were, not only about prospects and rookies, but about the veteran...

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March 30th, 2018
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Hobey Baker Award finalist and the NCAA's leading scorer, Adam Gaudette made his Vancouver Canucks debut Thursday night and he looked pretty solid. The hype has perhaps been over the top in regards to the 21-year-old's debut, and expectations have not been managed as well as they probably should have. The pressure was on for Gaudette, but all in all, he seemed to handle it really well. Gaudette's First NHL Period In a previous article, I predicted that Gaudette would be skating alongside Jake Virtanen in the bottom six. However, Virtanen is sick so Brendan Gaunce got the call and it was he and Reid Boucher who skated with the former Northeastern Husky. Right out of the gate, Gaudette was flying as he made a quick zone entry and let a hard shot fly early in his first shift. The shot missed the mark, but it was an important play because it probably a took a lot of weight off his shoulders and even showcased some...
March 29th, 2018
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With the Vancouver Canucks long gone from the playoff picture and looking towards the NHL Entry Draft, it’s time to start looking at potential draft targets. It’s no secret that the Canucks are in dire need of a defenseman, and there are plenty of blueliners for them to look at in the upcoming draft. Rasmus Dahlin is the apple of everyone’s eye, but who should the Canucks grab if they don’t luck out with the number one pick? Related - Canucks 2018 Draft Target: Quinn Hughes We previously looked at Quinn Hughes as a potential target for the Canucks. However, there's another undersized but abundantly skilled defenceman near the top of the pecking order in Adam Boqvist. Boqvist's Untapped Potential Although Dahlin is the most complete defenceman (and player for that matter) in this year's draft, some scouts suggest that Boqvist could rival Dahlin in offensive potential. Similarly to Hughes and Dahlin, Boqvist is quick on his feet and acts as an offensive threat everytime...
March 27th, 2018
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The Vancouver Canucks signed Northeastern Huskies forward Adam Gaudette to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Canucks drafted Gaudette late in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and have quietly been watching him develop into an NHL-ready center. Gaudette absolutely dominated the NCAA this season, presenting himself as the perfect addition to the struggling Canucks' roster. Management is very excited to implement Gaudette's versatile game into the Canucks' system and hopefully will watch him blossom into an elite two-way player. Gaudette the Howlin' Husky Gaudette's season with the Huskies was nothing short of remarkable. His statistics were next-level impressive, as he amassed 30 goals and 30 helpers in just 38 games — good for first in the league in goals and points. On top of that, the 21-year-old led the NCAA in points per game (1.58) and also power play points (27). But, beyond his offensive output, Gaudette's leadership...
March 26th, 2018
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With the Vancouver Canucks long gone from the playoff picture and looking towards the NHL Entry Draft, it's time to start looking at some potential targets. It's no secret that the Canucks are in dire need of a defenceman, and there are plenty of blueliners for them to look at in the upcoming draft. Rasmus Dahlin is the apple of everyone's eye, but who should the Canucks grab if they don't luck out at number one? If they're looking for someone who has hands as soft as Dahlin's, then maybe they should look at Quinn Hughes. Hughes a Dynamic Defender Dynamic speed and other-worldly skill are both big factors in the game Hughes plays. Despite falling behind a few other defenders on most rankings, you could argue that he has the most skill in this draft aside from Dahlin on defence. Hughes isn't your typical 'walk the line' defenceman. That often becomes a compliment for defenders who control the puck from the blue line in the offensive zone. Instead, from Hughes, you see a lot...

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The Sedin Twins and the 1999 NHL Entry Draft

  June 26, 1999, was a day that changed the fortunes of the Vancouver Canucks for more than the next decade. This of course being the day of the NHL Draft that saw Henrik and Daniel Sedin join the Vancouver Canucks. While there are some cynics who think the team’s success was stunted by... March 30th, 2018

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 The Beginning of Pavel Bure's Iconic Career Discussions involving Pavel Bure's talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival,... February 5th, 2018

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... August 30th, 2017