June 17 2016 05:00PM
The Canucks made me very happy yesterday when they announced that they'd signed Sven Baertschi to a two-year extension. Most people who consistently read my material, and anyone who has listened to any of my podcasts knows that I’m not shy about my affinity for Sven Baertschi. I firmly believe that his offensive creativity and vision, along with an underrated two-way ability, gives him an inside edge to become the Canucks’ most skilled player as the Sedins enter their twilight years.
It was brought to my attention recently that not everyone in Canucks territory is quite as infatuated with Sven as I am.
Sad state of affairs when Canuck fans are super excited about Baertschi. How he is now, does he even crack roster any time from 2008-2013?— Cody Dame (@cdame94) June 15, 2016
I'm not sure how pervasive this opinion is, but ,needless to say, I was upset. Putting aside the nonsensical narrative that he was "invisible" in the first half of the season, I thought everyone was fully on board the Baertschi train by now. After stewing over it for awhile, I decided to do some digging and come up with a firm answer.
Has my rosy perception of Sven Baertschi been that influenced by how awful the team has been in general? Is Sven Baertschi really that good, or is he just “bad team good”? That is, are the Canucks as a team so poor that they make Baertschi look more impressive than he actually is? Let’s find out together.
June 17 2016 03:00PM
Happy Friday, readers! Celebrate the end of the work week with some Sedin soccer, a dog (duh), a sad-fanniversary, and more!
June 17 2016 01:00PM
As draft analysts and scouting organizations connect Logan Brown and the Vancouver Canucks the fan base is becoming increasingly leery. The Canucks have their highest draft pick in nearly two decades and the thought of spending that on a big centre ranked well outside that range is a scary thought for some.
Craig Button of TSN started the firestorm, selecting Brown in the Canucks stead in a mock draft in April. The hype hasn't exactly cooled since, as Brown impressed at the NHL Draft Combine with his physical testing and interviews alike.
While the concern associated with the Canucks entertaining the idea of selecting Brown fifth overall is fair, his merits as a prospect are being undersold in return. There's a difference between "Logan Brown is a bad prospect" and "Logan Brown isn't a smart play at fifth overall". Brown is still a good prospect in his own right and well deserving of the top-ten selection a team is likely to spend on him.
So let's try and split the difference and find out what Brown can offer.
June 17 2016 11:16AM
The Vancouver Canucks saw Glen Gulutzan oversee special teams for the club for three seasons - but all good things must come to an end, and he's headed to Calgary now.
June 17 2016 11:00AM
It seems as though the NHL is going to take the gamble, and slot a team into Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Las Vegas is typically full of excitement with shows, gambling, and enough alcohol to fill an inflatable pool. Will a pro sports franchise work? The NHL seems to think so, as future owner Bill Foley has done many market tests and has over 13,000 season ticket deposits in place. Does a team in Vegas excite you? Our writers discuss in this week's edition of the Canucks Army Roundtable.