Canucks Army Monthly Player Grades - Defensemen, Jan 5th, 2015

That's Offside!
January 05 2015 11:00AM

Player Report Cards

By popular demand, we have moved the player grades feature from a weekly feature to a monthly feature that will run on the first Monday of every month. Since our friend Moneypuck looks at monthly performances in his Deep Dive, these grades will focus on the season-long performance of Canucks defense. The grades for forwards ran earlier this morning.

Let's get started then. Read past the jump!

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TCGD: Putin it all on the line

Jon Steitzer
January 05 2015 10:59AM

Canada's performance against Russia in the past few World Juniors tournaments leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, every year the roster is completely turned over and there isn't any reason to believe that trend has to continue. Nonetheless, the Russian's still have the same head coach in Valeri Bragin that has kept the Russians so damn competitive over the past half decade.

The Russians have forsaken their stereotypical enigmatic roster, and have opted for a blue collar, lunch pail, physical lineup that Hockey Canada would be proud to dress. Canada will have its first true test of the tournament against its historical and greatest rival.

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Canucks Army Monthly Player Grades - Forwards, Jan 5th, 2015

That's Offside!
January 05 2015 09:30AM

Player Report Cards

By popular demand, we have moved the player grades feature from a weekly feature to a monthly feature that will run on the first Monday of every month. Since our friend Moneypuck looks at monthly performances in his Deep Dive, these grades will focus on the season-long performance of Canucks forwards. The defensemen's grades will run in a few hours.

Let's get started then. Read past the jump!

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Kalamazoo Wins Historic First ECHL Outdoor Game

Josh W
January 04 2015 04:00PM

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On Saturday, December 27th 2014 the Vancouver Canucks ECHL affiliate, the Kalamazoo Wings, played in the first ever ECHL Outdoor game.  The game was hosted by the Toledo Walleye and was located in downtown Toledo.  With the first ever ECHL Outdoor Game goal scored by a Canucks' prospect, it was a historic moment for all teams involved.

Attending this game was Sarah Hobday who graciously guest wrote this column and shared many picture with us.  So read on past the jump for her breakdown of the game!

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December Deep Dive

money puck
January 04 2015 09:30AM

Writing is a funny thing. Back in my November deep dive, I boldly stated that I thought the Canucks would be able to make the playoffs on account of them accumulating 33 points in October and November, which was likely enough of a cushion for them to get in even if they play .500 the rest of the way. Wouldn’t you know it, the Canucks proceeded to pick up a measly 12 points in 11 December games, finding themselves in a four way tie for 5th place in the west at the end of 2014 with a few games in hand. I’d prefer it if the Canucks didn't try so hard to prove me right, but here we are...

Find out more about the month that was after the jump.

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