Finding the Balance Between Youth and a Competitive Edge

J.D. Burke
February 09 2015 11:00AM

It didn't take long, but Vancouver had once again found itself engaged in talks about their own troubled power-forward in the hours leading up to Saturday night's contest with the Penguins. It was speculated that Zack Kassian would return to the Canucks lineup, most likely at the expense of Chris Higgins. There had been rumblings throughout the day that Higgins might be suffering from some sort of mystery ailment. With that in mind, the decision made perfect sense on many levels.

Whatever ailment Higgins was rumoured to have, it clearly wasn't that serious. By puck-drop, Higgins was a fixture of the third-line, on Linden Vey's flank, opposite Kassian. Should he have been, though? I'm beginning to wonder if this club's short term dreams of a return to the post-season are beginning to hamper their long term aspirations of getting younger and competing for the Stanley Cup again.

The Canucks made the easy decision, but I'm not necessarily sure it was the right one. Is Vancouver passing up on valued time to develop younger alternatives?

Lets find out on the other side of the jump.

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February 08 2015 01:15PM

Dylan Strome is an exciting 2015 draft prospect. 6.03, 187 with exceptional hands and some astounding boxcars, he is expected to be taken near the top of the draft. What does he bring? What are his down arrows? Let's have a look.

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First Star, Worst Star: February 8, 2015

February 08 2015 11:07AM


We're close to 3/4 of the way through the season, the playoff race is heating up, games are becoming more meaningful by the day, and Oiler and Leaf fans are making plans for their annual No-Playoffs Spring. And since it's the first Sunday without any football to distract us why don't you go ahead and use this weeks First Star, Worst Star to ignore your family! 

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 12th-10th

Josh W
February 08 2015 10:00AM

Here at Canucks Army, we love three things more than anything in the world: prospects, prospect rankings, and whining about prospect rankings.  Every summer we vote on and rank the top-20 Canucks prospects to take stock of what's in the system, and every summer we hear vocal complaints from our readers they disagree with our rankings.

So this year, in our mid-term ranking, we gave you the chance to vote on prospects and have a say on these players.  Since our summer rankings, we've simplified the definition of "prospect" to any player in the Vancouver Canucks' system that is eligible for the Calder Trophy if they were to play in the NHL this year.  This means that players like Linden Vey and Joacim Eriksson who were not rated over the summer will be covered in this series.

Without further adieu, here are the Canucks prospects that were rated 12th to 10th.

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Nation World HQ
February 08 2015 07:30AM


Another week is in the books, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, our friends at the Royal Half round up a summary of the week that was from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division.

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