Projecting the 2015/16 Canucks Season

Dimitri Filipovic
October 06 2015 04:19PM

With the new season set to begin, it seems like everyone and their grandmother is partaking in the annual ritual of letting their predictions for player performance, team success, and the like be publicly known. Justifiably so, because it can serve as a fun exercise not only for bragging rights in the future but also as a learning tool. 

While the immense amount of variance and circumstance in hockey doesn't lend itself all that well to cobbling together an infallible projection system, there's still a seat at the table for statistical projection systems. Even if they just purely serve as a conversation starter or starting point of sorts. At the very least they can help remove confounding variables such as personal biases, even if they do admittedly have difficulty accounting for things like usage and changes in circumstances on an individual level.

One of these is Tom Awad's "VUKOTA Projection System", which essentially compares current NHL players to those from the past (dating back to 1967) with similar profiles in an attempt to predict their output for the coming season. 

The fine folks over at Hockey Prospectus have provided me with the aforementioned projections which can be found in the latest installment of their well-renowned book, previewing the upcoming season in extensive detail. While there's generally a plethora of worthwhile nuggets in there spanning the entire league, for our purposes here we'll focus on the projections for the 2015-16 Canucks. 

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@CanucksMOTB: How you can join CanucksArmy in supporting

Thomas Drance
October 06 2015 01:47PM

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We at Canucks Army love hockey, and we love our community - both our on-line community, and our local community in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. 

In addition to our love of the sport, and of watching it played at the highest level by Vancouver-based professional athletes, we're passionate about mental health issues. We come by this passion honestly, based both on our experience as hockey fans, as Canucks fans, and our experience in life.

Tomorrow when the Vancouver Canucks open the 2015-16 regular season against the hated Calgary Flames, we're going to be hosting a social media based pledge drive called "Canucks Money on the Board" aimed at upping our enjoyment of the season opener, and at raising money and awareness for - a Canucks sponsored charitable endeavour that focuses on educating and helping adolescents cope with mental health issues. 

We want you to join in on the fun and help us raise money for a very important cause. Here's how you can participate.

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The Canucks Milestone Watch 2015-16

Jeremy Davis
October 06 2015 12:00PM

The regular season is upon us! The Canucks exhibition series has come to a close, and as exciting as all the points the kids put up were, they don’t mean jack squat in terms of career numbers. Now that the vets have worked out the kinks, and the kids have made their mark on the roster, the real hockey is about to start. And real hockey means real numbers.

Milestones are arbitrary markers that bring special feels to players and fans. Is the difference between 99 goals and 100 goals really greater than the difference between 98 goals and 99 goals? Of course not. Does it feel like it is? Hell yes.

Now these stats certainly aren’t fancy, so maybe they aren’t quite the style of numbers that we at Canucks Army are known to fawn over - but human beings like milestones, and dammit, we’re humans too. So let’s check out which of your beloved Canucks are reasonably within reach of milestones this season.

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Maple Leafs claim Corrado; Biega and Vey reassigned to Comets

Thomas Drance
October 06 2015 10:36AM

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Frank Corrado is no longer a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization.

The 22-year-old right-handed shooting defender, a fifth-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was placed on waivers on Monday in order to make room on the 23-man roster for surprising 22-year-old left-handed shooting defender Ben Hutton. He was claimed right at the top of the waiver priority order by the Toronto Maple Leafs and it seems unlikely they were the only team that put in a claim. Corrado, a native of Woodbridge, ON, is going home.

Though the Canucks failed to get Corrado through waivers, they did manage to sneak Linden Vey through. He'll help offset the offseason departure of ace AHL playmaker Cal O'Reilly. Alex Biega and his big AHL salary similarly passed through waivers.

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Babych Please - October 6th, 2015

Grainne Downey
October 06 2015 09:58AM


With the roster almost set for opening night, there are a lot of fresh faces on the Canucks. Read past the jump to get more acquainted with the young blood (literally, in Jake Virtanen's case).  

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