Why Jake Virtanen needs to play more disciplined hockey

Jeremy Davis
August 14 2015 12:00PM

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By now we all know that Vancouver Canucks top prospect Jake Virtanen is a beast (physically speaking, if not on the score sheet). He runs through players with ferocious velocity, he charges hard into the dirty areas, and he isn’t afraid to scrum it up either. In other words, he’s Jim Benning’s prototypical hockey player.

But does Virtanen play a little too hard? Sure, Vancouver is itching for a true hard-nosed power forward, and has been for a decade, but there has to be a limit (as Canucks fans know all too well). Power forwards aren't  generally useful to their teams if they're sitting in the penalty box.

So does Virtanen have a discipline problem? 

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CanucksArmy prospect profile 2015: #16 Guillaume Brisebois

money puck
August 14 2015 08:00AM

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With the 66th overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Canucks selected Guilllaume Brisebois, a 6'2 defender from Acadie Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL. 

The Canucks tried desperately to get a 2nd round pick at the 2015 draft as part of the Eddie Lack or Kevin Bieksa trades, but were ultimately unsuccessful. The silver lining was that, according to management, their intent was to pick Brisebois with a 2nd rounder if they were able to acquire one, so they were still able to get their man with the 3rd round pick acquired from Carolina. 

He makes his Canucks Army prospect profile debut checking in at #16 in our organizational ranking.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 14 2015 07:00AM

RoundUp

Ranking prospect depth charts, Flames future down the middle, NHL's most hated players, Leafs all-time team, reliving Torts tenure in Vancouver, Darnell nurse vs Griffin Reinhart, free agency, and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Relive the Vancouver Canucks 2014-15 Season

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 13 2015 05:21PM

We've spent the last couple of weeks breaking down the recent history of the Vancouver Canucks. Many of those years were good and invoke positive memories. Some were fantastic but eventually invoked heartache. There were the duds as well, but thankfully, those were few and far between. All of this brings us to as close to the present as we'll get until October; last season.

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Trevor Linden defends Benning, praises Salo, and describes the club's 'delicate dance'

Thomas Drance
August 13 2015 03:59PM

On Thursday afternoon Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden got into the hot seat for TSN 1040's President's Week

Joining Matt Sekeres in studio for a two-hour segment on Vancouver sports talk radio, Linden was treated to several hours of questions - both from Sekeres and from ranting fans - about the club's overall strategy. During Linden's lengthy, exhausting appearance the Canucks president defended his general manager Jim Benning and his new assistant general manager John Weisbrod, articulated his belief in the NHL entry draft as crucial for the Canucks' future, discussed what he's learned in his first year on the job, said he missed cycling, and, of course, the Luca Sbisa extension was re-litigated for the billionth time this summer.

By the end of the conversation Linden seemed a bit testy, and fair enough. He mostly spent two hours dealing with the same furious questions and fan rants that have permeated around the Vancouver sports market all summer. Still, it was a revealing segment, and bears some unpacking.

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