CA's All-Time Greatest Canucks Team: Stan Smyl

Thomas Drance
September 01 2015 02:48PM

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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.

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Babych Please - Sept. 1

Grainne Downey
September 01 2015 12:45PM

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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. 

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CA's All-Time Greatest Canucks Team - Doug Lidster

Jeremy Davis
September 01 2015 11:30AM

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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.

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #4 Brock Boeser

money puck
September 01 2015 09:55AM

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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).

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CA'S ALL-TIME GREATEST CANUCKS TEAM: ALEXANDER MOGILNY

J.D. Burke
August 31 2015 08:14PM

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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.

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