September 11 2013 12:59PM
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Image via Gráinne.
Training camp officially got underway this morning, with the players (plus coach and GM) meeting with the media to answer questions. While Alex Edler and Dan Hamhuis obviously weren't too interested in the proceedings - who can blame them, it was generally devoid of anything too insightful - there were a few things that I figured were worth pointing out, and pivoting off of.
If you'd like to watch it for yourself, feel free to go here. But right past the jump I'll look at some of the more prevalent quotes and topics of discussions from today's media day.
September 11 2013 10:31AM
24th overall pick Hunter Shinkaruk shined at the prospects tournament.
Image via Ward Perrin.
One of the most interesting parts of the annual Young Stars tournament is seeing the talents of these young prospects relative to each other. With different systems in place, different ways of organizing lines, and even different levels of intensity about the tournament between franchises, wins and goals mean less than the process in evaluating player success. As one of the Nations Network scouts at the tournament, I thought I'd give my standouts, but in the hockey honoured tradition of naming All-Star teams.
It's a small sample size, so these aren't necessarily the best prospects, but instead the prospects who had the best showing in the tournament. Still, I bet we see the majority of these names in NHL sweaters within a few years.
September 10 2013 04:47PM
Image via Stephen Dyrgas.
While talking about prospects and thinking about the future has its moments, I'm sure we're all ready to see the familiar faces of the Canucks get back onto the ice and compete. Thankfully, the time for that is rapidly approaching as the team's main training camp is set to kick off tomorrow (Wednesday September 11th). While it's still not quite game action, it certainly provides intrigue as jockeying for open roster spots heats up. Keep in mind that the regular season opener is a measly 22 sleeps away.
Read on past the jump for the roster, and the schedule.
September 10 2013 11:41AM
"Oh, they finally revealed their individual lists?"
Image via Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.
One of my biggest pet peeves in sports is the fact that the voting for awards isn't made public after the fact. I don't know about you, but I'd take it much more seriously if I knew who was voting for what. If you're going to have the right to vote, you should disclose it, own up to it, and face the music (which sounds an awful lot like the inevitable wrath of fans that don't agree with you). So, for the sake of transparency, we're releasing our individual rankings for all to see.
I know, I know, it's long overdue. After all, our series concluded nearly two weeks ago. The plan was to actually hold off on disclosing them until Corey Pronman released his Top 10 for the Canucks. But we couldn't wait any longer. Without further ado, they're being presented to you on the other side of the jump.
September 10 2013 09:15AM
This is a guest post by Joe Pelletier , who runs GreatestHockeyLegends [dot] com . He was in attendance for when the Canucks visited the town of Prince Rupert, and he not only shared the story with us, but snapped up some quality pictures of the event.
The Vancouver Canucks stopped in Prince Rupert, British Columbia for a brief visit on Saturday. The team's veterans - including Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedin twins, new coach John Tortorella and owner Francesco Aquillini - were en route to an exclusive fishing lodge on Haida Gwaii. The trip is a team building exercise prior to the on-set of training camp.