January 26 2016 02:15PM
As the Canucks begin down the path of a full-on youth movement, the player that could potentially make the largest impact on the ice is still not officially signed by the organization. That got me thinking: are the Canucks planning to add Thatcher Demko to the fold sooner rather than later?
The Canucks goaltending prospect has been tearing up the NCAA this season, with two separate three-game shutout streaks while leading Boston College to one of the best defensive seasons in their history. Currently sporting a 15-4-3 record with 1.71 GAA, 0.936 SV% and 7 shutouts, Demko has improved every season since being drafted by the Canucks in the second-round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Calgary Flames took goaltender Mason MacDonald two picks before the Canucks were able to snag Demko, and at this moment, it looks like the Canucks were able to steal the better goaltending prospect.
January 26 2016 01:00PM
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Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 26 2016 11:55AM
Brandon Sutter will be returning to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup tonight for the first time since November 10th. While the 26-year-old centre has his detractors, the overwhelming majority of the fanbase is excited for his return. After all the Canucks were 7-4-5 with him in the lineup and have been 13-14-6 since. That's a difference in point pace of eighteen over the span of 82 games; or, to put it another way, the difference between the upper end of the basement and making the playoffs.
At the same time, though, it's possible that he's not the missing piece that will make this team successful. Let me take you on a journey laced with East Coast Bias if you'll allow me.
Nation World HQ
January 26 2016 11:42AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!
January 26 2016 09:00AM
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Although early reports indicated that the Canucks weren't actively involved in the Jonathan Drouin sweepstakes, it is becoming increasingly clear that they - at the very least - kicked the tires on the disgruntled forward.
In response to the Canucks query, it is rumoured that the Tampa Bay Lightning keyed in on Bo Horvat and were summarily dismissed. A sentiment echoed less than a week ago in Jason Botchford's post-game article, wherein the industry insiders he talked to agreed with this decision - unanimously no less.
I'm not surprised that people aren't warm to the idea, but I didn't expect a unanimous no. If you read yesterday's Monday Morning Musing, you'd already know I'm of a different mind, though.