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October 09 2015 06:45AM
Cocaine and the NHL, Leafs prepare for misery, Flames fear some regression, how much of an impact will Canucks rookies have his year, Ference gives up 'C' in Edmonton, the NHL All-hipster team, predictions and forecasts for the 2015-16 season and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings
October 08 2015 03:00PM
Welcome back to another week of Canucks prospects updates! The major junior leagues have shaken off the early-season cobwebs and hit full stride, while the NCAA schools (except for Yale) has started playing exhibition games. In a scrubbing of SFU, North Dakota easily emerged as victors and boy did first round Brock Boeser look good.
But he's not the only one how are all of our Canucks performing?
October 08 2015 12:22PM
Jacob Markstrom is hoping that this is the season his immense success in professional leagues abroad will finally translate to the NHL level.
It doesn't seem long ago that Markstrom was considered the NHL's best goaltending prospect, but to this point he's struggled to build on that foundation to develop into a bona fide NHL goaltender. The Canucks are hoping that by adding more detailed technical elements to Markstrom's game, they can help to ease the transition for their not-quite-that-young netminder in the 2015 season and beyond.
This isn't an alley-oop by any means, but there are reasons aplenty for optimism that stretch well beyond this organization's success with Swedes. Well, once he returns from injury, of course.
October 08 2015 10:08AM
For five years now the Vancouver Canucks have hosted an annual Young Stars tournament in Penticton, British Columbia in the sunny heart of wine country.
It was a small event to begin with, but the Young Stars tournament has begun to morph into something a bit more interesting. Initially the prospects wore practice jerseys, and the games were only occasionally broadcast. Now the prospects wear full jerseys and every team live streams every game with huge viewership numbers.
I was there for the first time this year, and enjoyed myself enormously. 30 degree weather, excellent wine, the general managers and head coaches (except Willie, of course) from all four teams attended, a bevy of top-10 picks. Good hockey, good food, good weather, good access - there was a lot to like.
Unfortunately, at least from the perspective of this hockey writer, it seems that the Young Stars tournament in Penticton may become an 'every other year' event. Or at at least the Penticton part of it will, according to a report from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 07 2015 11:31PM
Look, we all know that this fanbase has it's moments of division, and this offseason has displayed.. a lot of them, to say the least. Jim Benning's efforts to rebuild on-the-fly have polarized the crowds further than they've been in a long time, but if there's one thing that we can all agree on, it's that we hope, as fans, that the Canucks will do great things. We may have disagreements on the timeline and the process, but we're all chasing the same dream.
When games like this happen, you have to imagine that both sides of the debate walk away happy. The Canucks opened off their season with not just a win, but an overpowering win over the Calgary Flames.