September 12 2016 11:08AM
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Hey, guess what - the World Cup is almost upon us! And by that, I mean the games that actually mean something in-tournament. Exhibition games for a preseason tournament is fun and all, but it makes for better competition when the results actually count, when winning a game actually means something beyond pride.
The tournament officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 17. The night game on Day 1 will feature Team Canada taking on Team Czech Republic. And hey, we here at the Nation Network cover mostly Canadian-based teams, so it stands to reason that a fair number of us are Canadian and will be rooting for the Canadian men's national team. So let's take a look at just what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the team representing our home and native land.
September 12 2016 11:00AM
Like many prospects, Andrey Pedan feels he’s ready for full time duty in the National Hockey League. He also knows, however, that the decision is not his to make and that the Vancouver Canucks coaching staff and management may have other ideas. Still, the 23-year-old defenseman plans to do all he can to state his case to the Canucks brass when training camp opens at the end of next week in Whistler.
Leaving nothing to chance, Pedan has been skating with Canucks teammates for a couple of weeks now to ensure he’s ready to make an impression when camp begins.
“I think it’s time for me to play in the NHL,” he told Canucks Army after a recent workout at Rogers Arena. “I’m going to do everything I can to make the team this year. I think the coaches know what I can do. It’s up to them to make the decision.”
September 12 2016 09:00AM
With the summer winding down, we at Canucks Army are looking to fill the dead space between our Top 20 countdown and the start of the World Cup of Hockey. This week, I've decided to head back to the draft, and I'm going to be looking at the past, present and future on Canucks drafting and NHL prospects by going over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NHL Entry Drafts and how they pertain to the Canucks.
First up in the 2015 draft. It's been a little over a year since Jim Benning and co brought home seven players from their trip to Sunrise, Florida, including their reigning top offensive prospect in Brock Boeser. Now it's only been 14 months, so these prospects are all still works in progress, but some development has taken place. So how exactly has one full turn of the calendar affected the value of Vancouver's 2015 class?
September 12 2016 08:47AM
Hockey season is fast approaching, which means fantasy hockey players are furiously trying to do their homework looking for any edge to win that coveted hockey pool championship.
There has been a trend in the last couple seasons of the Sedin's being available in the middle rounds of fantasy hockey pools which is after years of being amongst the most coveted players in the league. Each year, it seems that they drop another round or two. Other teams in your pool may under value the twins, thinking that they are trending downwards on a team that had an anemic offence last season. This year, you can use that to your advantage.
September 10 2016 02:45PM
The World Cup of Hockey has started, but the hype obviously cannot be compared to that of the Olympics and World Championships. Despite the tournament being exclusive to NHL players, Gary Bettman has made it known that he hopes to expand the game of hockey throughout the nations. He recently said, "This is an attempt to create a hockey-only international event that will generate an enormous following and make a significant statement which is good for hockey all over the world."
Team Sweden enters the tournament with arguably the deepest defense core in the tournament, which will compliment the smarts, speed, and skill of the forward group. One guarantee is that Vancouver's presence will most definitely be felt on the team. Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Loui Eriksson, and Jacob Markstrom will be lacing up the skates for their home country, something that they have all done on multiple occasions.