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November 25 2016 05:00AM
NHL power rankings, stop comparing Austin Matthews to Patrik Laine, Canucks and Anthony Duclair, Flames special teams costing them, Oilers are deep, Black Friday deals, Brent Burns, the Expansion Draft, a reason for every team in the league to be thankful, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
November 24 2016 04:14PM
To say the Canucks selection of Adam Gaudette in the fifth-round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft wasn't well received in this space would be an understatement.
Gaudette's statistical profile suggested he was a reach, even as late as 149th. In the context of draft rankings, it wasn't an especially curious move, but given his slight stature and tame counting numbers, it didn't satisfy our qualitative proprieties anywhere near as much as we'd hoped from a player in that range.
Here we are two full seasons later, and Gaudette looks like an absolute steal. He's contributing over a point per game for Northeastern in the NCAA and has the fourth highest shot rate among college skaters. This by no means guarantees Gaudette's future as an NHL player, but it certainly vindicates Canucks General Manager Jim Benning's investment.
November 24 2016 12:09PM
The Canucks took care of some business today, announcing a contract extension for defenceman Ben Hutton.
The deal is two years, with an average annual value of $2.8 million per season.
November 24 2016 09:36AM
Things are starting to pick up for Canucks prospect in the hockey world.
We have a new NCAA and CHL scoring leader (for Canucks prospects), Carl Neill continues to make waves, and Utica is now the Demko and Garteig show!
All of this, and more in this week's edition of Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report!
November 23 2016 11:31PM
The Canucks embarked on a road trip that has them playing three games in four nights. Up first was the struggling Arizona Coyotes. It was the battle of the bottom tonight as the NHL's 29th and 30th-place teams faced off in sunny Arizona. Was it an exciting game? Not exactly, but nonetheless we should be happy with the outcome.
The BBB line, Baertschi-Bo-Burrows, carried the team to their second road win of the season as they defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 tonight.