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Analyzing Boeser and Stecher's On-Ice Success

Analyzing Boeser and Stecher's On-Ice Success

June 19th, 2018 The Vancouver Canucks should be sending the University of North Dakota some thank-you cards. It wasn't like the university pushed Brock Boeser and Troy Stecher to sign in Vancouver, but they have run a top-notch hockey program that has pumped out a number of impact NHL players. Guys like...
Can Canucks' Ben Hutton Bounce Back?

Can Canucks' Ben Hutton Bounce Back?

June 16th, 2018 Vancouver Canucks defender Ben Hutton is coming off an atrocious season that saw him contribute six points and carry a minus-9 rating. Granted, the team as a whole was pretty terrible, but Hutton still noticeably did not look like himself, and, in fact, he looked out of place. Coach Travis...

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May 15th, 2018
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If there was a glaring weakness on the Vancouver Canucks' roster last year, it was that big black hole on defence. Although Travis Green's up-tempo style resulted in more offensive chances, the Canucks' defence was more porous than that of the 2016-17 squad—not a dubious designation considering that the Canucks gave up the second-most goals in the league in 2016-17. Alex Edler brought stability and Troy Stecher improved as the season went along. Chris Tanev was also a rock on defence, at least when he was healthy. The rest of the group was mired with indifferent and sloppy defensive play. Derrick Pouliot started off strong before watching his play fall off a cliff. Despite good underlying numbers, Ben Hutton was in the coach's doghouse from day one. Veterans Michael Del Zotto and Erik Gudbranson were pitiful in their own end by many metrics. This has left Canucks nation wondering, this group can't currently come back exactly as it was, could it? Each defenceman is...
May 15th, 2018
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The National Hockey League expanded by two teams in 1970, one of which was the Buffalo Sabres, while the other was out in western Canada—the Vancouver Canucks. For any NHL expansion team, strong goaltending is a must. A veteran netminder can stop the bleeding when facing a powerhouse, and can also steal a win that may otherwise have not been attainable. The NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights drafted 3-time Stanley Cup champion, Marc-Andre Fleury. Historically, the Florida Panthers had John Vanbiesbrouck, while the Los Angeles Kings brought in arguably the greatest goaltender of all time, Terry Sawchuk. In the 1970 expansion draft the Sabres obtained "the artful dodger" Roger Crozier via a trade with the Detroit Red Wings and made him a cornerstone of the team. The Canucks opted to select a 37-year-old goalie from the Oakland Seals, one who had already played 12 seasons in the league. He played in three NHL All-Star Games, and was a Second Team All-Star selection in...
May 9th, 2018
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The Vancouver Canucks are going to be a very young team next year. At least, that's what we're told. Those were the words from president Trevor Linden during the team's season-ending media availability. While head coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning weren't as cutthroat, Linden had no problem suggesting the Canucks will go with a very young lineup. He also suggested that the team would sit "several million" below the salary cap limit. As it stands, the Canucks only have three players over 30 years old. One of them is spare defenceman Alex Biega, who's 30 while the other two are 32-year-olds Alex Edler and Loui Eriksson. For years, the Canucks were touted as a old team. Even last year, they had Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Thomas Vanek as their top-five leading scorers. The 2018-19 season should finally become the one where they drop the narrative of being an old and slow team. After this, am I really going to tell you why Jussi Jokinen should be considered...
May 4th, 2018
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The Vancouver Canucks drafted Michael DiPietro in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and the 18-year-old has not disappointed. The past week has been huge for DiPietro's career and his already-impressive hockey resume has been bolstered even further, making some serious waves in the hockey world. DiPietro and Team Canada Less than half a year ago, DiPietro was held off of Canada's World Junior Championship team, and it was definitely a stumble in his growth, but the Amherstburg, Ontario product didn't let it slow him down too much — last week, DiPietro was called to play for Canada in the World Hockey Championships, which is nothing short of a rarity for somebody his age. "It’s already in the past, but it is funny," DiPietro told the Windsor Star. "Cut from the world junior team, but I get invited here. I'm super excited to get the invite." With that being said, Dipietro is still eligible to compete in the WJC next year and is a heavy favourite to take the...

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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