February 12 2016 11:00AM
It's not difficult to see why the Vancouver Canucks selected Jake Virtanen ahead of flashier items in the six hole at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The unique blend of speed, size and power jump out at any given moment and often take over hockey games.
There's maybe four or five genuine power forwards in the game and the Canucks feel they've as good a shot as any at cultivating the sixth such archetype of the lot. Though not accounted for in his boxcars, Virtanen is beginning to reward their faith by using his speed to keep his team afloat at evens and dominate in transition.
Sometimes it's the little things that add up. Virtanen is doing enough of them well to not only bolster expectations for a brighter tomorrow but advance the Canucks goals in the interim as well.
February 12 2016 09:00AM
I'd like to say that the Vancouver Canucks can't catch a break this season, but they managed to catch two in one night against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.
First, the Canucks lost Alexander Edler to a broken fibula on a blocked shot. Not long after, Brandon Sutter took a deflected puck to the face, resulting in a broken jaw. Both were sent home to recover and are expected to miss a significant amount of time as a result.
In response to these injuries, the Canucks made a pair of call-ups from the Utica Comets. To replace Edler, they recalled Yannick Weber; for Sutter, they're banking on Alex Friesen.
While these are moves of little to no consequence, they caused a stir among the Canucks fan base. The omission of Hunter Shinkaruk being especially egregious for some. So, I asked the Canucks Army writers who they would call up instead.
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February 12 2016 05:30AM
A farewell to the Leafs Captain, what impact does Byfuglien's new contract have on Hamhuis in Vancouver, Flames bench their young stars, Oilers playoff hopes, the NHL's goalie interference rule, trade deadline speculation for all teams and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
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Emerson Etem knows he can help the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
He’s been there and has an impressive post-season track record to prove
it. The bigger issue right now is can he help the Canucks get into the
playoffs? Without a surge over the final 28 games, Etem and the Canucks will be
on the outside looking in when the run for the Cup begins. And that’s not a
position the 23-year-old winger has been in before during his brief National
Hockey League career.