Shawn Matthias: Flying under the radar

J.D. Burke
September 22 2014 09:36AM

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Things have been awfully retrospective around these parts of late. From discerning Markus Naslund's credentials as a potential hall of fame inductee to revisiting the Ryan Kesler trade. It comes with the territory though; with it being mid-September, we're left to writhe our hands waiting for hockey to be played on our television sets once again.

But no matter how many times we've revisited some of the formative moves of this roster in the recent past, one guy is seemingly always overlooked -- that'd be Radim Vrbata Ryan Miller Linden Vey Derek Dorsett Nick Bonino Luca Sbisa Shawn Matthias!

This is a player that should be of considerable interest to Canucks fans considering the seismic gap down the middle that lies in wait on the depth chart once you get past 'Sedin, Henrik'. While Nick Bonino has promptly been pigeonholed for a spot there, and people are (justly) excited about the potential of a Linden Vey, Matthias has managed to fly under the radar this summer with everything else that has happened around him.

Not anymore.

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Training camp notes: 3 goalies on the roster, line combinations, the shootout

Dimitri Filipovic
September 20 2014 10:37AM

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Wait, wait?

"That's basically for the preseason, you always have in your mind where guys might fit in. But it changes, how the chemistry works. That's what your preseason is for. So we'll get a look at guys in different situations and we'll get some real good combinations coming out of it."

That was Willie Desjardins during Thursday's media day, responding to a question about the process of forming satisfactory lineup combinations, and when it all starts to take shape. It's still early yet in said process, but that doesn't mean that there aren't a few talking points stemming from the team's first session of full practices in Whistler.

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The Vancouver Tim Hortons Ikea Canucks

The Stanchion
September 19 2014 09:41AM

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"Mommy, who is Mr. GoodYear?"

This week word got out that Gary Bettman and the NHL turned down the idea of putting ads on NHL jerseys in order to create more revenue. This is good news, because it means we won't be confusing a corporate logo for a name bar anytime soon

The bad news is that some sports marketing experts scoffed at the idea that jersey ads are not in our inevitable, Skynet like future. In their world, Terminator 2 shows up to stop Judgement Day, except he's wearing a Nike jacket and holding a Louis Vuitton purse (let's assume he hides his gun in there). In case you want a stark reminder of what that future could look like, read past the jump (see what I did there?)

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
September 19 2014 05:30AM

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Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.

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Canucks Young Stars Games Two and Three: Finding New Talent

Kevin McCartney
September 18 2014 06:28PM

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Frank Corrado (26) leans to take away centring pass option on Flames' entry. One of the better defensive transition sets seen by Canucks in this game.

The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'm judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.

Apologies to Canucks Army readers for the late reports. I've decided to combine these reports as I'm sure you've had a chance to see the games (or at least box scores). 

The Canucks used this tournament very differently than the other three teams, and differently than they have in the past. Various AHL-experienced players still eligible for this tournament were left off the roster, and injury and illness carved the numbers down further. Ten invites seemed at first to just be filler, but my best guess is that Benning considered this past weekend an opportunity to add talent in yet another unorthodox way. We know Benning discussed the impressive play of invitee Curtis Valk. He was moved into the 2C role for games two and three and continued to impress. I believe Kyle Humphries - who turned down a Canucks PTO last year - and Austin Lotz may have earned some consideration as well. That's possibly three new additions to the organization, in which case Benning may have been the winner this weekend even though his club struggled.

Inside are my notes about the Canucks' developing system and team play as context for the player reports below. 

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