Countdown to Puck Drop - Day 43 - Quinn Hughes: Key to Canucks' Future

Countdown to Puck Drop - Day 43 - Quinn Hughes: Key to Canucks' Future

August 20th, 2019 Introducing The Hockey Writers’ Countdown to Puck Drop series. From now until the puck drops on the 2019-20 NHL’s regular season on Oct. 2 when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators, we’ll be producing content that’s connected to the number of days remaining on that particular...
Canucks' Top 5 Agitators of All Time

Canucks' Top 5 Agitators of All Time

August 17th, 2019 The Vancouver Canucks have had many greats over the years, from exciting players to agitators that have become fan favorites. Today I will be honoring the latter, the ones that are sometimes underappreciated but valuable nonetheless. With that said, let's start the countdown of the top five...

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August 8th, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

Of course, it’s the offseason. That said, when Vancouver Canucks fans look at the new players who have joined the team, it’s hard to think the 2019-20 season won’t be an improvement over last season. In fact, this club might even have the potential to be really solid. The defense has improved and the young players are a season older. There’s an infusion of offensive possibility, which leads to a reasonable hope that goals will be more plentiful than they were during the 2018-19 season. Related: Pettersson vs. Binnington: Who Will Win the Calder? New players like JT Miller, who came from the Tampa Bay Lightning, will surely help. In addition, Micheal Ferland might add 20 goals himself if he stays healthy and plays on the team’s top six, which he should. And, I expect the team’s young stars, like Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, to improve. Recent additions to the Vancouver Canucks. (THW Archives) Perhaps the Canucks' biggest improvement will be on their...
August 5th, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

When you read about Brock Boeser's current contract situation, you've seen an almost endless number of people talk about how both the Vancouver Canucks and Boeser's camp are waiting to see what deals other restricted free agents around the NHL agree to. The thing you haven't seen much of, however, is who these players are and what deals they'll likely be signed to, along with how said deals will affect negotiations between the Canucks and Boeser. Boeser and his family are going through an incredibly difficult time at the moment with his father, Duke. Duke has been hit with bad news after bad news in terms of his health. Patrick Johnston of The Province wrote an article documenting all the hardships Boeser and his family have had to go through in recent years (from 'Brock Boeser's father battling cancer again,' The Province - 07/30/19). Duke has gone through hell and back, and as most of you already know, is currently still in critical condition. At the time of this writing, the...
August 5th, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

“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 Pavel Bure's talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival, fans were so ecstatic that 2000 of them observed his first practice with the Vancouver Canucks on Nov.3, 1991 and nobody could seem to get enough of the Russian Rocket. All of this for a teenager shorter than six feet who would become the city's first sporting icon. Bure was a rare caliber: someone who could break games wide open, score goals by his lonesome and do it all at speeds that may never be seen again. The general unison for a long time regarding NHL players was the bigger, the better. Bure was never the biggest athlete on the ice, but was always better. He is easily...
August 5th, 2019
Canucks Prospects

We should call head amateur scout, Judd Brackett, the late-round whisperer as he has been the architect of many of the picks who have surprised us in recent years. Since he took over the scouting throne in 2015, the Vancouver Canucks have made 27 picks in the third round or later. Of those, there are at least 10 that could legitimately be projected as National Hockey League players. That's a pretty good success rate for the later rounds. One of them that jumps off the page right now is Finnish-born defenseman Toni Utunen who dazzled us at the World Junior Summer Showcase with two goals in the opening game. He was not a flashy pick in the fifth round but could turn out to be a steal if recent performances are any indication. He is just one of many that have the potential of surprising us in the future. Now that we've gone through the cream of the crop in the top 10, let's delve into the next tier of top prospects for the Canucks. Looking through the list, there are a few names...

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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