September 01 2015 11:30AM
Kamloops born Doug Lidster was drafted by his local team in the 7th round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Following four years at Colorado College, Lidster joined the Canucks, spending 10 seasons on the Vancouver blue line.
Like Thomas Gradin, Lidster was a good player on some bad Canuck teams. His entire Vancouver career fit snugly in between the Canucks' first two Cup Final runs in 1982 and 1994. His best season came in 1986-87, in which he racked up 65 points (still a Canucks record among defencemen) on a team that produced only 26 wins.
During his time as a Canuck, Lidster was voted the team's best defenceman four times. He makes the cut on our Canucks All-Time team.
September 01 2015 09:55AM
There were a number of off the board selections in the first round, of the 2015 draft, but Brock Boeser at 23 wasn't one of them.
Rhys did a nice overview on Boeser following the selection, and as we can see in the scouting profiles, he's a dynamic offensive threat with high-end scoring potential that needs to work on his skating and defensive game. At 23rd overall, Brock Boeser was picked right about were he was expected to go in terms of both PCS of 33% (roughly 25 - 35 range), and consensus experts (mid-20s).
August 31 2015 08:14PM
Acquired in an off-season trade with the Buffalo Sabres, Alexander Mogilny joined the Vancouver Canucks as they were exiting their competitive window in the mid-nineties. The Russian stud made an immediate impact, leading the Canucks in goals (55), assists (52) and subsequently, points with 107.
Joining the Canucks just as Pavel Bure's health was beginning to fail, Mogilny went a long way in buoying the dwindling Russian quotient on the Canucks. Mogilny also happened to provide the Canucks with some highly productive seasons, which went relatively unnoticed, given the state of the franchise as it entered some very bleak years in the late-nineties.
August 31 2015 05:37PM
The Vancouver Canucks have released their roster for the 2015 Young Stars tournament in Penticton, ending months of nail-biting anticipation for some pf your
least favourite bloggers! There's a couple of familiar faces, along with some less-than-familiar ones to boot.
Catch you on the other side of jump, to break it all down.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 31 2015 02:13PM
Today is the last day in August. Not that I have anything against the summer, but you can't help but be stoked to have this month behind you. It leaves us with just one more month in the offseason; one full of training camps, preseason games, and all the banter that comes with them. After that, it's time for hockey!
Especially in a year where Vancouver has been stupid hot, and with the exception of this weekend, stupid dry, I'm more than okay with moving on from the summer. While we continue to wait, however, lets look at a few of the questions that stumbled into the CA Mailbag this week: