September 02 2015 02:00PM
Forever associated with the Ryan Kesler trade, and likely the best remaining asset from the deal is our 3rd best prospect in the pool, Jared McCann. The Canucks received Anaheim’s 1st round pick in the trade, which Jim Benning then used on McCann. While there were some questions on this pick at the time, McCann delighted fans with his performance last year. Let’s dig in!
September 02 2015 11:00AM
In contrast to his impassive demeanor, Alex Edler has been one of the most polarizing figures for Canucks fans in recent years. Drafted 91st overall in the 2004 entry draft, Edler made his first appearance in a Canucks' uniform in 2006 after an ongoing slew of injuries to the team's blueline. His former teammate Trevor Linden was one of many who immediately saw potential in Edler, coming up with the nickname "Eaglet" due to the young defenseman's ability to eat and sleep like a baby eagle and with the hope that Edler would grow into a "big, majestic bird".
Though he once sported a league worst minus-39 on a season and has undergone surgery for a recurring disc issue in his back, Edler has developed in the #1 defenseman that Linden and so many others hoped he would.
September 01 2015 02:48PM
The following is a guest post by the always fantastic Cam Davie. Enjoy!
He was, in some ways, the first true Canuck.
Before he joined, there were the likes of Kurtenbach and Boudrias and Ververgaert, all of whom fared very well and were liked in Vancouver. But they were acquisitions, and all had short lifespans with the Canucks, still a growing franchise in the league. Then in 1978, the Canucks drafted Stan Smyl 40th overall from famous (nay, infamous) Memorial Cup champion New Westminster Bruins. He was destined for Canucks lore.
Smyl was a small player, but played with tenacity and a chip on his shoulder, never one to back down from any confrontation. His playing style was the same from his time in junior all the way to his final year in the NHL. He earned the nickname "Steamer" back in his junior days, as he worked as tirelessly and as brutishly as a steam locomotive. His relentless play, and decent skill set, made him a fan favourite from the moment he joined the Canucks right out of his draft year.
For the better part of the next decade, Stan Smyl WAS the Vancouver Canucks.
September 01 2015 12:45PM
August was not the most happening month for the Canucks, but Henrik Sedin thought that an apron was a kind of hat, so there's at least one thing that needs to be discussed.
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 63 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.