Canucks Army Roundtable: International Ice

Matthew Henderson
August 26 2016 03:00PM

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As we just watched the Canadian athletes take the country by storm during the Rio Games, and are awaiting the World Cup of Hockey starting in a short while in Toronto, it's hard not to think about the highly controversial topic that is the NHL at the Olympic games. It has become a staple every four years since 1998, when NHL players were first allowed to compete in the games. Are we ready to go back to a world where the NHLers simply carry on during the games and pretend it's not happening? I took the question to our staff of writers. More after the jump!

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Will Jake Virtanen Start the Season in the AHL?

J.D. Burke
August 26 2016 01:00PM

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The Canucks have a series of difficult questions to face at the onset of training camp. Paramount among them is whether they can accommodate Jake Virtanen as a feature on their opening night lineup.

It's not even a matter of regression, or whether Virtanen has done anything to loosen his grip on a full-time job. By all accounts, Virtanen had one of the best second halves among all Canucks' forwards; a distinction worth making, but one that perhaps undersells his body of work last season as a whole, truthfully. He's apparently been putting in serious work this off-season, too.

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Using pGPS: Mike Gillis UFA Prospects

Ryan Biech
August 26 2016 11:00AM

Hockey season is on the horizon, so news is really starting to pick up the pace. At the moment, we are counting down the top 20 prospects within the Canucks organization, some of which the current regime acquired.

At the moment, Jim Benning's left no stone unturned as he continues to look for ways to add to the current prospect pool. The Canucks are rumoured to be in the hunt for NCAA UFA Matt Benning. Yes, he is related, it's Jim's nephew -- and he plays with Adam Gaudette, too.

Given that rumoured interest, we used pGPS to look at M. Benning, and an underwhelming 3.1% went onto becoming NHL regulars. I tweeted this out, merely as a 'for your information', but someone asked a question that got the wheels turning:

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Canucks Army Prospect Profile: #5 Nikita Tryamkin

Ryan Biech
August 26 2016 09:00AM

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Nikita Tryamkin, the Canucks massive new Russian defenceman, checks in as the fifth-ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.

Canucks fans got to see the defenceman up close in Vancouver for 13 games last season after his KHL campaign concluded and the excitement was palatable. There were flashes of what he could become for the Canucks. A big, mobile defenceman who isn't afraid to take the body and make life difficult for opponents.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 26 2016 05:00AM

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Leafs scaring off free agents, Ken Holland's worst GM moves, why Giordano still can't make the World Cup team, Jets and Oilers need Captains, grading Chiarelli to date, why fighting is still part of the game, looking at Team North America and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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