Canucks' Top 5 First-Round Picks of All-Time

Canucks' Top 5 First-Round Picks of All-Time

July 3rd, 2020 The Vancouver Canucks have been successful in finding great first-round picks in the past five NHL Drafts. Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, and Brock Boeser are all examples of just how great of a job the Canucks have done. Over their 50 years in the NHL, the team has drafted players in the first...
NHL Rumors: Devils, Canucks, New Free Agent Frenzy Date, More

NHL Rumors: Devils, Canucks, New Free Agent Frenzy Date, More

July 2nd, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are a few more details to share when it comes to the discussions on a new CBA, including news about NHL free agency. The NHL, the owners, and the fans may have some answers before the weekend is out. In other news, the New Jersey Devils may add some veteran...

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June 26th, 2020
Canucks History

On June 26, 2019, Roberto Luongo announced that he was closing the curtain on his legendary 19-season National Hockey League career, and what a career it was. He leaves the game with 489 wins, which ranks him third amongst all goaltenders behind only Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur. If he played the 2019-20 season, he would have easily joined the 500-win club. Related: The Legend Known as @Strombone1 He played 1,044 games, which ranks second amongst all NHL goaltenders. If that isn't impressive enough, he is also one of only two goaltenders to lead two NHL franchises in all-time wins and shutouts. That is a rare accomplishment not many goaltenders will be able to match. So, on that note, let's take a walk down memory lane as we recount the legendary career of the man they call Bobby Lou. Luongo's Time on the Island After being drafted by the New York Islanders fourth overall in 1997, Luongo began his brief career on Nov. 28, 1999, versus the Boston Bruins making 43 saves...
June 26th, 2020
Canucks History

If you are a fan of the draft, then June 26 is a huge day for you. Five separate National Hockey League Entry Drafts were held on this date which brought some Hall of Fame talent into the league. There was even an expansion draft held, as well, and one of the greatest defensemen to ever play called it a career. The Russians are Coming The NHL Entry Draft was held in Raleigh, NC, on June 26, 2004. The Washington Capitals made good use of the first overall pick by selecting the new face of their franchise, forward Alex Ovechkin. He became just the second Russian-born player to be drafted first overall, joining Ilya Kovalchuk, who was picked first in 1999. Ovechkin won the Calder Trophy for being the top rookie of the 2005-06 season when he scored 52 goals. He has 706 goals and 1278 points in 1152 career games and has won the Maurice Richard Trophy, for leading the league in goals, nine different times. He has also won three Hart Trophies for being the league’s most valuable...
June 23rd, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

Making smart, value trades and signings are what separates perennial Stanley Cup contenders from the pretenders. Under general manager Jim Benning, the Vancouver Canucks have made plenty of moves - some hitting, many missing. Except for the JT Miller trade, it's often the smaller, less flashy deals that push a team to the next level, like acquiring Josh Leivo or signing Zack MacEwen - two lesser moves that have and will make a difference for the franchise. Canucks GM Jim Benning has made his fair share of trades and signings. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Enter the Buffalo Sabres. After clearing out their hockey operations department, major changes are underway. Players could be on the move as the team tries to change its identity to become a champion. Related: Canucks’ Josh Leivo Is a Key Cog for the Future Vancouver is in a position to take advantage of their 1970 NHL expansion cousin, by leveraging the chaos in Buffalo. If players are moveable, then there may...
June 23rd, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

Now that training camp finally has a date of July 10, we can start looking forward to hockey returning to our living rooms. When that happens, a number of Black Aces from the Vancouver Canucks farm team, the Utica Comets are going to be part of the festivities. There's no guarantee that any of them will ultimately suit up for a game in the playoffs, but we all know injuries play a factor, so anything could happen. With that being said, here are three of them who could step out of the shadows and into the bright lights of the postseason to tip the scales in the Canucks' favour. Related: Canucks Draft Targets With First Round Conditional Pick Brogan Rafferty Brogan Rafferty had a season to remember with the Utica Comets, as he led all defencemen in scoring with 7 goals and 45 points in 57 games. He was a dynamic presence on the blueline and rocketed up the depth chart to become a top-ten prospect for the Canucks. After a cup of tea in the NHL last season, he is poised to...

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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... March 31st, 2020

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