July 04 2016 12:00PM
Lastly, we turn our attention to the crease.
We've covered the invitees for the forward ranks and back-end, but the Canucks have invited a couple of goaltenders that they are likely looking to take a longer look at.
The Canucks have some serious depth in the crease, but there is no harm in seeing what else is out there - as the goalies that have been invited would be years behind in their development curve relative to Thatcher Demko and Michael Garteig.
So if there was an intriguing net-minder, they could keep tabs on him for the coming years and then move forward from there.
July 04 2016 10:46AM
The Vancouver Canucks have added Doug Jarvis to their coaching staff as an assistant coach, the club announced on Monday morning.
Jarvis, 61, has spent the past six seasons working with the Boston Bruins, but has worked as an assistant coach at the NHL level since the early 90s. In a fun historical footnote, Jarvis' first year coaching at the NHL level was spent with the Dallas Stars team that the Canucks vanquished on their way to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994.
July 04 2016 10:00AM
Earlier today, we took a look at some of the forwards the Canucks invited to development camp. Although it's highly likely that none of the invites are able to earn themselves a contract, there are still some intriguing names on the board.
Now we turn our attention to the defensemen who are at camp. The Canucks actually have a decent stable of defensive prospects on the way, so this area may now be of less focus for the organization. Yes, aside from Olli Juolevi, they lack high-end defensive prospects, but those type of prospects are generally not found in your development camp invites list. (aside for Joe Hicketts)
July 04 2016 08:00AM
Canucks prospect development camp is upon us, and for the second year in a row takes place at Shawinigan Lake School on Vancouver Island.
The camp runs from July 4-7 with on-ice sessions, off-ice workouts, team building events, and other development classes and workshops to help set up the youngsters for the summer.
As is usually the case, the Canucks have invited a handful of players that are free agents to attend the camp with hopes of finding some diamonds. Ronalds Kenins, Troy Stecher and Evan McEneny attended development camps in the past and have since signed with the Canucks. Antoine Russell also attended a development camp in the past, then signed with the Dallas Stars and is an NHL regular now. Success varies from player to player, but there's always the odd diamond in the rough.
July 02 2016 02:04PM
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For the Vancouver Canucks, no need was greater than that of their offence which combined for a 29th worst 2.27 goals-per-game last season. Signing Loui Eriksson to a six-year, $36-million contract is a step in the right direction. Perhaps not enough to buttress their attack to among the league's best, but enough to make them competitive in the interim.
Eriksson, 30, can contribute anywhere from 20-30 goals in any given season. Of this much, there is no doubt. Beyond that, Eriksson's consistently driven the run of play with a two-way game that is the envy of many a forward. The Canucks are getting their money's worth. At least for the first few seasons.
Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. Though, to the Canucks credit, they're in a better position than most to make that gamble. Eriksson's played with the Sedin's. Hell, he's played for Willie Desjardins in Dallas and even been acquired by Jim Benning before in Boston. They know what they're getting themselves into, but for those of us that don't, I'll unpack what the Canucks have hitched their wagon to.