How Bad Was Sutter With the Sedins? In Excessively In-Depth Look

Jeremy Davis
October 07 2015 02:24PM

Training camp is a time for experimentation, so it shouldn't come as much of surprise when pretty odd line combinations show up. Of course, once you get closer to the end of training camp, you normally start to see lineups that resemble what they will be on opening night. In fact, experimenting for too long risks drawing the ire of some of your veterans.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Canucks were still experimenting during the final game of the preseason. In an effort to accommodate 19-year old centre Jared McCann by flanking him with top 9 wingers, while Adam Cracknell centered the fourth line, the Canucks coaching staff moved career centre Brandon Sutter to right wing. On the top line. With the Sedins.

The results were disastrous, apparently. Sutter's 38% CorsiFor percentage was pretty damning. Fans were not impressed, yet evidently head coach Willie Desjardins liked what he saw - on Monday morning, Sutter was again skating with the Sedins at practice. Like it or not, it looks like the Sedin-Sutter combination will be making another appearance.

So we have to ask: how bad was Brandon Sutter with the Sedins?

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Reasonable Expectations: Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann

J.D. Burke
October 07 2015 12:00PM

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The Canucks are going all-in on youth this season, so for the time being anyways, Jared McCann, Jake Virtanen and Ben Hutton are all active members of the 23-man roster.

For the select few who followed Hutton's collegiate career, this isn't an overly surprising development where he's concerned. Frankly, Virtanen's sticking wasn't overly shocking either - management admitted pencilling him in earlier this summer. The McCann development certainly surprised though, despite there being a strong argument that he's considerably further along in his development than Virtanen. 

Given that Hutton is 22-years old, it's not extraordinary by any means that he's starting his season in the NHL. With two young 19-year olds with a low-end first round pedigree, there's considerably more intrigue.

Let's see what history tells us about their chances to be successful, on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks' Markstrom sustains lower-body injury; 3rd-stringer Bachman to backup Miller in opener

Thomas Drance
October 07 2015 11:26AM

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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom was stellar for the Utica Comets in the Calder Cup playoffs, and brought some of that momentum into training camp and the preseason, where he looked in-control and nigh unbeatable in extended stretches. 

That momentum appears to have come to a crashing halt as a result of a lower-body injury, reportedly sustained at practice. There's no timeline at the moment, but the injury will prevent Markstrom from backing up Canucks starter Ryan Miller in Wednesday night's opener.

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WWYDW: Showing Your Support

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 07 2015 10:00AM

So our last WWYDW appears to have been a swing and a miss. We played FMK with roster spots, deciding which of Ben Hutton, Jake Virtanen, and Jared McCann would get Full-Time Status, sent down to Mature, or get a temporary "Kloser Look".

Only one designation for each person. I guess somebody up top reads the site, because the real-world response was "wouldn't it be funny if we just went FFF?". At least, that's what it looks like for now. We'll see where we're at in nine games.

To make up for this, let's go with a lighthearted, softball question, which nobody can answer incorrectly.

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Projecting the 2015/16 Canucks Season

Dimitri Filipovic
October 06 2015 04:19PM

With the new season set to begin, it seems like everyone and their grandmother is partaking in the annual ritual of letting their predictions for player performance, team success, and the like be publicly known. Justifiably so, because it can serve as a fun exercise not only for bragging rights in the future but also as a learning tool. 

While the immense amount of variance and circumstance in hockey doesn't lend itself all that well to cobbling together an infallible projection system, there's still a seat at the table for statistical projection systems. Even if they just purely serve as a conversation starter or starting point of sorts. At the very least they can help remove confounding variables such as personal biases, even if they do admittedly have difficulty accounting for things like usage and changes in circumstances on an individual level.

One of these is Tom Awad's "VUKOTA Projection System", which essentially compares current NHL players to those from the past (dating back to 1967) with similar profiles in an attempt to predict their output for the coming season. 

The fine folks over at Hockey Prospectus have provided me with the aforementioned projections which can be found in the latest installment of their well-renowned book, previewing the upcoming season in extensive detail. While there's generally a plethora of worthwhile nuggets in there spanning the entire league, for our purposes here we'll focus on the projections for the 2015-16 Canucks. 

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